Quarryville Library First Annual Read-a-Thon

Saturday, August 22nd 2020

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Quarryville Library hosted our first virtual Read-a-Thon on Saturday, August 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you were not able to be a part of it, you can still enjoy most of our performances!

Thanks to our generous sponsors:   Longwood Gardens, The Amish Farm and House

Donations raised to date:  $1,150!


The need is great.  Due to health and safety restrictions, all planned fundraisers for the Library were cancelled this year.  Nearly all initiatives of our Friends group  have also been temporarily postponed to protect vulnerable members from risk.  Our passport office, a critical source of funding, has been inactive for months and is only now reopening for limited appointments.

The Read-a-Thon is a virtual celebration of literacy within the Southern End!

Whether or not you are able to financially support this event, please enjoy watching local patrons as they read from their favorite selections for the community.

Susan Mull (local social justice activist, author and educator) reads The Overstory / Powers (W.W. Norton) and The Tradition / Brown (Copper Canyon) at 5:09; Cinda Showalter (author and artist) reads Piece by Piece / Bradford (Kensington) at 43:20; Sandy Asher (children’s author, playwright, educator) reads her own work, Chicken Story Time (Penguin) and Too Many Frogs (Philomel) at 59:20

Carol A. Park (local independently published author) reads her work Banebringer at 1:00; Lindsay Bandy (YA author and Youth Librarian at Manheim Community Library) reads her pre-release first historical fiction YA novel Nemesis and the Swan (Blackstone) at 29:45; Calliope G. (5 year old participant in the Young Writers’ Program pilot this summer) reads her first-ever novel, The Unicorn at 1:08:01; Christina Groff Yoder (local children’s author) reads her new release Munchie the Menace (KDP) at 1:27:00; Jack Naylor (emerging author and former Quarryville Library board member) at 1:48:00 reads his own unpublished work

Nationally acclaimed YA author, Michael L. Printz Award and medal winner, and Pennsylvania resident Amy Sarig King (A.S. King) performs from her recent middle grade novel The Year we fell from space (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic).

We also thank JP Robinson, whose video unfortunately was not able to be posted due to technical problems during the segment.  JP read from his popular work In the Shadow of Your Wings (Logos)


All donations of $25 or more will receive a gift bag tote with  “Imagine Your Story” themed merchandise and an exclusive staff-designed votive candle to commemorate the day!

$50 or more will also receive donor’s choice of a signed copy of one of our visiting authors’ published work!

The third-largest donation during today’s event will receive two complimentary passes to Goat Yoga at the Amish Farm and House.

The second-largest donation during today’s event will receive a complimentary Family Four pack to the Amish Farm and House.

The largest donation during today’s event will receive a complimentary family pass to Longwood Gardens