The third annual Rock 'n' Read Around the Clock will be held this weekend at Village Lights Bookstore to raise awareness of literacy as part of the National Education Association's Read Across America Month.

The 24-hour event begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the bookstore, 110 E. Main St., with people silently reading in the rocking chair in the bookstore's front window. The bookstore will remain open throughout the night for visitors to stop at the store.

As part of the event, Village Lights Bookstore will be collecting books for the Clearinghouse, a planned one-stop services center in Madison for charity, non-profit and faith-based organizations to help southeastern Indiana families in need, prior to, during and after the Rock 'n' Read event. Organizers ask that the books be "gently-used" or new children's books.

Visitors may drop off donations in the donation basket or sign up to read silently for a 30-minute interval at the bookstore, Village Lights Bookstore owner Nathan Montoya said.

"It's been massively popular in previous years," Montoya said, yet this year doesn't seem to have the normal community response.

Quite a few people have signed up to read in the window, Montoya said, but people are signing up for multiple intervals and a space still remains just days before the scheduled event.

"The response in general is down," he said. "The (donated) books just aren't coming in."

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