(Village Lights Book Store Facebook Page Photo)
(Village Lights Book Store Facebook Page Photo)
The fourth annual Rock 'n' Read Around the Clock will be held this weekend to raise literacy awareness and to benefit a local non-profit.

The 24-hour event begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Village Lights Bookstore, 110 E. Main St., with participants silently reading in a rocking chair in the bookstore's front window. Those who wish to participate can sign up for 30-minute increments.

The bookstore will remain open throughout the night.

Village Lights owner Nathan Montoya said while the event is called a read-a-thon, it's really more of a reading relay.

"A lot of people sort of expect they're going to have to read out loud, and that is not the case," Montoya said.

As part of the event, Village Lights Bookstore will collect books for the Jefferson County Clearinghouse and House of Hope food pantry. The non-profit is asking for gently-used books for children and teens.

"If people want to contribute directly to the Clearinghouse, that's another way they can donate," Montoya said. "They distribute them throughout the county to groups that need books for kids."

Village Lights will also be selling discounted children's books at the store for donation. The goal for this year, Montoya said, is to collect 500 books to donate. That's 100 more than last year.

"If we could go up 100 every year, we'd be very happy," he said.

Visitors may drop off donations at the bookstore.

There are still spots available for readers. Last year, the bookstore added a second rocking chair to accommodate the readers who wanted to attend.

Contact the bookstore at (812) 265-1800 for more information or to sign up for a reading shift.

The Rock 'n' Read celebrates National Read Across America Month.

"The sort of poster child for that is the Cat in the Hat," Montoya said.

The first slot on the sign-up sheet is already assigned so that the Cat in the Hat can be read out loud.