(Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
(Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
Volunteers from the community visited E.O. Muncie Elementary School on Thursday to share in their love of books during the Read Across America event.

The national motivation and awareness program, now in its 19th year, calls for children across the nation to celebrate reading this week to honor the birth of children’s author Dr. Seuss on March 2.

The program cites research that students who are encouraged and spend more time reading fare better in school.

Volunteers from the community visited E.O. Muncie Elementary School on Thursday to share in their love of books during the Read Across America event.lasses heard stories from guest readers including Mayor Damon Welch, Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston and Kelley Hoagland, pictured, of the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County.

During her visit, Hoagland read two Seuss books – “Horton Hears a Who” and “Horton Hatches an Egg” – to third-grade students who listened intently to her animated interpretation.

As a part of continuing Read Across America celebrations this month, Village Lights Bookstore will host its Rock ‘n’ Read Around the Clock on March 31. The 24-hour reading marathon will kick off with a reading of Seuss’ “The Lorax” at 6 p.m. Friday.

Running into Saturday, volunteers may sign up to silently read in the store.

The events main focus, however, is to collect new and used books that will be donated to the Jefferson County Clearinghouse.