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.