Late last fall the Lincoln Academy Library Aides held a read-a-thon in connection with national Teen Read Week. The LA Library Aides are a group of students who are passionate about books and reading and who are dedicated to helping out in the library. This year’s library aides include Alexis Poland, Audrey Harper, Miranda Meserve, Mary Catherine Eddyblouin, Polina Scimone, Elaine Fitzpatrick, and Cassidy Leathers. They are advised by Cathi Howell, Director of Library Services at Lincoln Academy. The Library Aides volunteer in numerous ways; from helping to plan and organize special library events to pitching in with typical library projects like weeding books and conducting inventories. They planned their first annual read-a-thon to coincide with Teen Read Week because they were interested in developing a community service project that would allow them to do what they love – spend time reading, while raising funds that would benefit other kids and encourage them to keep reading too! They decided to choose a sending school library to benefit from the funds they raised during their read-a-thon and the Great Salt Bay School library was selected as the first recipient. Plans are to make this Teen Read Week Read-a-Thon an annual event and to choose a different sending school library as the beneficiary each year. Participants in the read-a-thon met in the library over both lunch periods for one week where they enjoyed time reading for fun, having lunch, and sharing special refreshments each day. They raised $106 during their first read-a-thon. On December 20, Sharon Mathews, the librarian from GSB, and three of her students were special guests at LA’s Friday morning community meeting where the LA Library Aides presented them with a check for the GSB school library.