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JMRL Presents Check to Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation

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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Press Release

The Teen Advisory Board of the Central Library presented a $1000 check to the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation on July 2. The $1000 was raised through the “Read a Book, Build a Library” challenge in the Spring of 2014 to benefit an afterschool reading program in Charlottesville’s sister city of Winneba, Ghana.

The challenge, which took place from March to May 2014, raised the money through JMRL patrons reading and logging books that they read during the challenge period. The JMRL Friends of the Library generously donated $1 for every book read, up to the maximum goal of $1000. The Teen Advisory Board created the challenge to promote literacy in both the Winneba and Charlottesville communities.

A Tumblr blog was set up for the challenge and library patrons submitted their reading progress online through a Google form. Patrons who completed additional weekly challenges added an extra $1 to the cause.

A total of 828 books were read by the public throughout the challenge. The most-read book was JMRL’s 2014 Big Read, “True Grit” by Charles Portis. The second most-read book was “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Patrons of all ages participated; Adult books, teen books, and even picture books were among those submitted.

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