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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

— From 10 to 11 a.m. the world renowned Storycrafters will entertain kids age 4 and up. Featured on national platforms like the “Today Show,” the storytelling couple travel the country and world offering modern twists on class stories.

Children can read to therapy dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from noon to 1 p.m., eat while you read.

“Bring a picnic lunch and a blanket,” said Valente. “We’ll be providing lemonade and popsicles and families are welcome to come and read.”

1 to 3 p.m. is “celebrity hour,” with famous local faces reading books about their profession, from a DARE police officer to a mailman.

Take a break from 3 to 5 p.m. with “cozy corner.” Blankets and pillows will fill the main room of the library for quiet reading time. From 5 to 6p.m., it’s a community reading event where an audio book will be projected on a large screen for every one to read along. Pizza will be available for $1.

Teachers from local elementary schools will hold storytime from 6 to 8 p.m. and the night wraps up with “pajama hour” from 8 to 9 p.m.

“Kids can bring a stuffed animal and pajamas and have a quiet last hour to end the day,” said Valente.

Cathy Caiazzo, executive director of the Schoharie Library, said she’s grateful for the help.

“It’s very encouraging to see the amount of help that people are willing to give you. It says great things about the future of libraries,” said Caiazzo.

She said the rebuilding process has been long but an end might finally be in sight.

“We’ve had a lot of stuff donated. … I haven’t bought anything new since we got flooded because I had no place to put them, so this will be good to catch up,” said Caiazzo.

Open Door Book Store and The Bookhouse will donate books in honor of the Friday read-a-thon and Barnes and Noble will give customers the option of buying a book for Schoharie with 10 percent of the purchase also going to the library.

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