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Annual Speed Read is This Saturday

This year, see some of the most notable faces on campus reading as fast as they can and for a great cause at the annual First Book Geneva’s Annual Speed Read competition on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Irene’s Coffee and Jazz House.

At the event, Heron Athletic Director Deb Steward, Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean, Hobart Dean Eugen Baer, William Smith Assistant Dean Lisa Kaenzig will all read as many words as they can in 15 fast seconds to help raise money for youth literacy in the Finger Lakes region. These members of the HWS community will join a host of other participants, including Geneva Mayor Stu Einstein, North Street Elementary Principal Nina McCarthy and Former Director of the Community Lunch Program Marge Shanahan.

Audience members will have the opportunity to buy votes for $1 each for their favorite reader, who will be awarded a special prize.  At the event, the speediest reader will also win a prize. Admission for the event is $5, which will buy 2 books for local youth in the Finger Lakes Region. All proceeds go directly to putting books in children’s homes. Following the Speed Read, a local band will play, free of charge for all Speed Read audience members. 

For more information about First Book Geneva, to apply to receive books for your organization or to make a donation, please contact co-chair Katie Taylor ’09 at or co-chair Katie Flowers, CCESL associate director, at