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Community Leaders And Teen Volunteers Presented A Read-A-Thon At Avon Branch Library

6/28/2013 -- In celebration of National Library Week, over one dozen community leaders and teen volunteers read children’s books aloud during Avon Branch Library’s Community Read-A-Thon on Saturday.

And behind it all is a 14-year-old teen volunteer.

Maggie Lieb, 14, Avon Branch Library Teen Volunteer and Girl Scouts member, said she has been helping to organize this Read-A-Thon because she loves reading and helping the community.

The Read-A-Thon will also help Lieb as she works toward attaining a Girl Scout Silver Award— the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. (Cadettes are usually 6th, 7th, or 8th graders, usually ages 12 through 14.)

The Read-A-Thon, “It’s an opportunity to get involved with the community and help out other people,” said Lieb, the main organizer of the event.

Many came to listen to the reading of cherished children’s books at Lorain Public Library System’s Avon Branch Library’s Community Read-A-Thon Saturday, April 20 from noon to 2 p.m.

Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Many came to listen to teachers, family members, a principal and other community leaders read their favorite children's books in our children's area.

Hosted by the Avon Branch Library Teen Volunteers Group, our teen volunteers also read in between our invited guests.

The Teen Volunteer Group, created in May of 2012, currently has 47 teen volunteers between 6th through 12th grades. They help with the Friends of the Avon Library’s Book Sales and Bake Sales, and the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival.

The Read-A-Thon was geared for families with children of all ages, and appealed to both children and adults.

Leaders participating in Saturday’s Read-A-Thon included a middle school principal, a Cub Scout leader, a school board member, a pediatrician, council members, a school superintendent and a librarian.

Maggie Lieb is an 8th grade Avon Middle School student who’s quite active. She’s volunteered for the Avon Branch Library for the last two years, and volunteers at her church, Girl Scouts and area parades. She also plays the clarinet in her middle school’s concert band.

Looking to the future, Lieb said she’s interested in the science field of botany, and wants to attend Lorain County Community College.

The Read-A-Thon is meant to get children and the public as a whole excited about reading.

“The children get involved in the community, and they’re excited to read the stories,” Lieb said.