April 2016

A Tribute to Dewey

Once upon a time, there was a blogger named Dewey. One day, nine years ago, she  had an idea. Inspired by 24 Hour Comics Day, an annual event held in October at her local comics store, and an event that her husband and son attended, she thought she’d do something similar. She would have a 24 Hour Reading Day, or Readathon. She shared the idea and 37 people participated. She thought she would make it an annual event.

Sadly, I missed that first epic event. Luckily, however, I did not miss the next one. Nor the next. Or the next. In fact, I’m pretty certain I haven’t missed one since.

Dewey was an amazing woman. She drew people in around her and grew a community. A community that has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to grow year after year. The October 2015 readathon had over 2,000 readers. How I wish she had been here to see it.

As you raise your books today and partake in this wonderful day of reading with people, now spread all over the world, say a quick word of thanks to Dewey. I can’t help but think she’ll be celebrating with us all too.

7 thoughts on “A Tribute to Dewey”

  1. My first read-a-thon was her last. I wish she could see this now too!
    Cheers to you Dewey and thank you for the legacy you left behind.

  2. Beautiful. I never participated because I wasn’t involved in the community, but I’ve been lurking since the beginning, and think this is amazing.

  3. Thanks for the tribute!! I participated in one of the earliest ones and had the pleasure of conversing with Dewey. I think she would be thrilled to see how much the read-a-thon has grown. My life has changed a lot since then and 3 kids later I still try to participate as much as I can. The read-a-thon days are my favorite and I look forward to them all year – I love the excuse to not do anything but read all day!! Now that my kiddos are getting older they participate some too!

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