Who hasn't secretly wanted to set a world record? Surely you could come up with something offbeat like the world's biggest rubber band ball or longest yo-yo session. Sounds difficult though, doesn't it?
It might not be as hard as you think: just participate in Read for the Record®. On October 21, 2014, readers across the country will unite to read the children's book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. They will celebrate literacy by taking part in the world's largest shared reading experience.
We're talking millions of adults and children, all reading the same book on the same day. The current world record was set just last year: 2,462,860 readers!
Record-breaking is just a small part of what Read for the Record is about. Jump Start, the sponsoring organization, uses the publicity from this event to draw attention to its goal of celebrating early literacy and making sure that every child is ready for kindergarten.
At the OC Public Libraries, our Read for the Record (RFTR) activities are coordinated through our Literacy office, READ/OC. Every branch library that has signed up to sponsor a reading of Bunny Cakes in the week leading up to October 21 will receive a supply of paperback copies of the book that will be distributed, one per family, while supplies last. Libraries planning programs include: Cypress, La Habra, Costa Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine Heritage Park, Stanton, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, Irvine University Park, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Tustin, El Toro, Garden Grove Regional, Aliso Viejo, Seal Beach, Brea, Mesa Verde, Westminster, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor and Laguna Niguel. Contact your local library for details.