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The William K. Sanford Library in Colonie is holding a read-a-thon on Friday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money, books and awareness for the Schoharie Library, which lost more than 5,000 volumes from flooding.

The William K. Sanford Library in Colonie is holding a read-a-thon on Friday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money, books and awareness for the Schoharie Library, which lost more than 5,000 volumes from flooding. Submitted Photo

— The Schoharie Library lost more than 5,000 books in post-Tropical Storm Irene flooding. It was closed until just two weeks ago. The recovery is still a work in progress and staff at the William K. Sanford Library in the Town of Colonie are trying to speed things up.

On Friday, July 13, a daylong read-a-thon will be held at the Colonie library from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The family event, part of the library’s summer reading program, is free and will raise money and gather books for the Schoharie Library.

“We’re going to read for 12 hours straight … and will do that through many different events,” said Youth Service Librarian Elissa Valente, “While we’re doing that, we’re raising awareness about the recovery in Schoharie.”

Valente said the library is working with three local bookstores to get books donated for the children’s room at Schoharie, which was hardest hit by flooding. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the read-a-thon and will be used to purchase additional materials for the children’s room.

As a community staple with its own large children’s room, Valente said everyone at William K. Sanford was eager to help.

“Certainly we know what an important thing the children’s room is to the community and when we heard the majority of damage to the library was done to the children’s room, we thought it would be something we’d like to do to help our fellow library,” said Valente.

The day of reading is broken up into themed time slots.

From 9 to 10 a.m., have breakfast on the library lawn.

“People can bring a book, we’re going to have coffee, and they can read on the lawn while having coffee,” said Valente, who said Hannaford and Price Chopper are helping out with food.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., it’s “baby and me,” also on the lawn. Teen volunteers will read board books to children up to 3 years old. Valente said it’s an attempt to include every age group in the read-a-thon.

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