Community Members to Take Part in ‘Hermiston Read-a-Thon’ on March 5

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The Friends of the Hermiston Public Library and Altrusa International of Hermiston are promoting literacy and a love of reading with a “Read Across Hermiston Read-a-thon” on Saturday, March 5.

Community members will read in 20-minute segments for eight hours straight, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.   The event will be held in the Hermiston Public Library conference room, and livestreamed on the Friends of the Hermiston Public Library Facebook page.

Readers who are confirmed to participate include Hermiston City Manager Byron Smith, Hermiston School Superintendent Tricia Mooney, Agape House Executive Director Mark Gomolski, Good Shepherd Health Care System CEO Brian Sims and Umatilla County Commissioner Dan Dorran.  Other community leaders will be added as available.  They will share from their favorite books across a variety of genres.

Local authors Carol Clupny and Ben Armstrong will share excerpts from their work.   Clupny is the author of The Ribbon of Road Ahead, a memoir of her experience with Parkinson’s Disease.   Armstrong is a Hermiston High School student, who had his short story “Sleigh 54” published last fall.

The Friends of the Hermiston Public Library and Altrusa are asking the community to support their favorite readers by donating to literacy projects sponsored by both groups.  Donations may be made electronically through the Friends of the Hermiston Public Library Facebook page, at the Hermiston Public Library, and at the Hermiston office of Banner Bank.