For the first time, the Watonwan County/St. James Library conducted a “read-a-thon." Beginning at 6 a.m. and running until midnight, the community was encouraged to come out, read, and participate in numerous activities.

Throughout the day and evening of August 6, there were such events as doing sand art, listening to a story read aloud, a lego challenge, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.

“It’s a way to say goodbye to summer and the summer reading program,” said Megan Karau, a staff member in her first year at this library. “I thought it would be really cool to do nothing but read.”

Obviously, not everyone could spend the entire 18 hours in the reading marathon like Karau, but most stopped in for a few hours at a time. For example, chaperones from the Little Red Caboose daycare center in Armstrong brought children for different events, like storytime and crafts, throughout the day.

Karau said there were even 16 children present at midnight, for the conclusion of a long day and night.

For the rest of this story, please see the August 14 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.