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Speed Reading for a Notable Cause

“I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.”

It is that time of year again — when childhood favorites such as “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat” are snatched from bookshelves and placed in the hands of local celebrities.

On Friday, April 11, First Book-Geneva will host the second annual “Speed Read” at Irene's Coffee and Jazz House. “Speed Readers” will compete to see who can read the most words in 15 seconds. The winner will then decide which local organization serving children will receive a grant of new books. The event will also provide First Book-Geneva the opportunity to discuss illiteracy, bring about awareness and raise proceeds.

First Book-Geneva, one of several reading programs offered by HWS students, is part of the national non-profit network of volunteer-led advisory boards, and is coordinated by the HWS Public Service Office. Addressing the fact that in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children, the mission of First Book-Geneva is to provide children of Geneva the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Aside from the annual “Speed Read” event, this objective is achieved in various manners.

Earlier this year, the Geneva chapter received a large grant from the national organization. The Campus Advisory Board then elected how to allocate the Borders gift cards. The group selected the Boys & Girls Club, America Reads, Trinity Church's Storybook program and Seneca County Literacy project as the recipients of the money. Since their inception in 2005, First Book-Geneva has granted over 4,000 books to children in and around Geneva.

The Speed Read will begin at 7:30 p.m. All are invited. Tickets are $5; each sale will provide two books. Tickets are available in the HWS Public Service Office, by calling ext. 3825. For details on First Book, visit their Web site.