Gimme a Y. Gimme a O. Gimme a U! What’s that spell? YOU! Cheerleading for a bunch of crazy kids who are going to try to read all day long. TWENTY FOUR HOURS! The cheerleaders are JUST as important as the readers and with the way this event has grown in the last few years,  we desperately need ALL THE CHEERLEADERS. So grab those pompoms, write out your best cheers, and join us for some cheering this April 23!


What does it mean to be a cheerleader for Dewey’s Read-a-thon?

It means having a great time while encouraging others by leaving a cheer, rhyme, or otherwise encouraging comment on participants’ Twitter! In a change to our normal practice, we are only doing organized cheering on Twitter this time around. Never fear…if you’re not a Tweeter, we will post a link to participants’ blogs on the day-of, OR you can join us on Goodreads!

You can read AND cheer, in fact we encourage it! Some people with limited time ditch the reading and JUST cheer! Some even go #TeamRogue and cheer because they want to…or because they forgot to sign up…or they decided to join at the last minute!

Anyone can sign-up to be a cheerleader! Most readers will take an hour or two to go around and encourage other readers on Twitter. While reading is the main focus of the read-a-thon it’s the interactions and connections you make that make the event so special.

How much time do I need to devote?

You can devote as much as 24 hours to as little as an hour. It’s whatever works best for your schedule! We certainly do not expect you to cheer for 24 hours, but wow, if you do, we would certainly all bow down to you.

How does this work?

There will be hundreds of readers to visit during the Read-A-Thon but don’t fret…you do not have to cheer for them all. A day or two before the event you will be assigned a cheerleading team based on the number of hours you said you could cheer. Each squad is then assigned a group of readers but you can of course cheer for those listed in the other squads!

Hip Hip Hooray!~ Now what you say?
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8 thoughts on “April 2016 CHEERLEADER Sign-Ups!

  1. I’m so excited! I thought I was going to have to work on April 23 (library problems), but I got my schedule changed, so it’s all good.


  2. I wanted to sign up as a reader, after a very positive blogpost from another blogger, but when I click the ‘reader sign-up’ I only find the cheerleader-form. Where do I sign up as a reader now?


  3. While I understand that organizing the cheerleaders has turned into a monumental task, I am sad that you are leaving those of us who are Twitter-challenged behind.

    If you are using Booklikes as your primary venue for the Read-A-Thon, please reach out to JL’s Bibliomania and I will come cheer you on


  4. I love cheering and Twitter is the BEST for it and sure, that is totally my opinion after being involved for YEARS now. I agree that we have become spread out weirdly widely through the entire and then some social media options. I understand any disappoint for nonTwits but I support the organizers who have made this difficult choice. I also support others to offer alternatives so that tribes here there and everywhere can celebrate reading. *\0/*


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