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Library Friends to hold seventh annual Readathon

ATHENS, Ohio (May 7, 2004) -- The Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University are sponsoring the 7th annual Readathon on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11-12. The two-day event will be held at the Howard Park site east of Baker University Center.

The kickoff for May 11 will be a reading of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the historic Brown vs. Board of Education case, done by Carolyn Bailey Lewis, the director of the Telecommunications Center. Her reading will start at 8:45 on Tuesday morning.

"This is an event the Friends hold annually to celebrate the importance reading has in the university and the role the Libraries have in providing reading resources," states Lois Gerig, president of the Friends. "We are excited about the exposure the new Howard Park location will give the event this year."

"We welcome a number of new groups who will be joining many returning groups," states event coordinator Professor Greg Kremer, of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. "We enjoy the manner by which academic and community groups join together during these two days."

Kremer expects approximately 75 readers will participate. New campus groups will include the Arnold Air Society and the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA). New community groups include the Athens Near Northside Neighborhood Association and the Athens County Court Appointed Special Advocates office. Monies raised through donations in support of readers goes into the Friends of the Libraries Scholarship Fund.

Athens Mayor Ric Abel will kick off the second day, Wednesday, May 12, at 9 a.m. The concluding reader at 5:45 on Wednesday will be library student assistant Jillian Lewis, one of this year's recipients of the Friends of the Libraries Scholarships.

The event will be under a tent at the Howard Park site. Refreshments will be provided and participants and readers may register for door prizes. The program is open to the public.

The event is supported by donations from the Ohio University Credit Union, Laughlin Vending Service, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Athens, and the Hayes Family/Bedrock Rental.

The Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University were established in 1979 to support the Libraries. The organization is observing its silver anniversary year in 2004.

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