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Read-a-thon
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Community Book Center has been an enduring institution in New Orleans cultural landscape. As part of our 35th Anniversary celebration, we’re organizing a Read-A-Thon to highlight literacy and celebrate readers and writers.

The Community Book Center Read-a-thon is a free, family-friendly event featuring readings by a variety of local authors and poets, and music and dance performances. Community organizations and businesses will also staff outreach booths during the event. The Read-a-thon is produced by a coalition of artists, educators, non-profits, and grassroots organizations in partnership with Community Book Center.

Kickstarter funds will be used for promoting the event through flyers, social media, email marketing, lawn signs and an honorarium for our special guest.

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    Each One Teach One

    Stop by Community Book Center to get your pick from our used book collection (Local Only - no shipping)

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    Pagoda Cafe

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    Commemorative Pin

    Get a pin created by NOLA Lapel Pins commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Community Book Center. Must pick up at the Community Book Center or shipped to anywhere in the United States.

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    Sponsor a Book for a Young Reader

    This donation will support the Read-a-thon and sponsor a hardcover children’s book for a young reader. Reader or sponsor must pick up book from Community Book Center.

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    There's An Alligator in Audubon Park

    Participate in a Google hangout self-publishing session with Gina Minor Allen - the author/illustrator of the children's book "There's an Alligator in Audubon Park." Learn how to prepare your printer-ready digital file and select a printer. Learn how to price your book so that distributors and bookstores can make a share of the profits when they decide to carry your title. Also included in your reward is a copy of the book!

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    Freedom's Dance

    Participate in a Google hangout publishing session with Karen Celestan - the author of "Freedom's Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans"

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    And Still I Rise

    Meet up at Backatown Coffeehouse for coffee and pastries with New Orleans Writers.

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    For Colored Girls - Kelly Harris-DeBerry

    A lunch/consultation session with poet and writer Kelly Harris-DeBerry (http://www.brassybrown.com/) Learn more about Kelly at http://artistecard.com/poetkellyharris.
    Must be local to New Orleans or provide your own travel.

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    John Slade Book and Framed Print

    Political cartoonist John Slade has generously donated a signed copy of his book and a framed print.

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    BMike Brandan Odums Limited Ed Print

    Artist and activist Brandan "B-Mike'" Odums' work tells stories and makes statements that transform the minds of viewers as well as the spaces in which his work appears. With roots in New Orleans, he's become a force to be reckoned with as he's expanded his artistic endeavors in larger-than- life murals across the United States and in film.

    This reward is a signed BMike print on archival paper.

    See his work at http://bmike.com and https://www.instagram.com/bmike2c/). Sorry no shipping. Must pick up from Studio BE, 2941 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    Mentoring w/ Photographer Gason Ayisyin

    Coffee and a mentoring session with award winning photographer, Gason Ayisyin. Must be local to New Orleans or provide your own travel. See Gason's work at https://gasonayisyin.zenfolio.com/

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    Kent Jordan - Notes of a Native Son

    Music arranging lesson with Kent Jordan. Flutist and educator Kent Jordan is the Director of Jazz at Lusher Charter High School and a founding faculty member of the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. Kent has four CDs: Night Aire, Essence, No Question About It, and Out of This World. He has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, and Kevin Eubanks, among many others. Son of saxophonist “Kidd” Jordan, Kent is one of several performers in a family of New Orleans musicians. Must be local to New Orleans or provide your own travel or participate via Google Hangout.

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    Lesson from Violinist Rachel Jordan

    Violin lesson from Rachel Jordan. Rachel Jordan is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and the Carter Quartet at Loyola University in New Orleans. She has served as faculty at Jackson State University and adjunct faculty at Loyola, Xavier, Southern, and Dillard. Rachel was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years. She performed for the Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ceremony of Pres. Barack Obama, and has performed numerous solo recitals around the world, most recently in China as an artist-in-residence. She is the founding & artistic director of Music Alive Ensemble. Daughter of saxophonist “Kidd” Jordan, Rachel is the fifth performer from a family of New Orleans musicians. Must be local to New Orleans or provide your own travel.

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    Phenomenal Woman

    Intimate breakfast with visionaries Vera Warren, founder of Community Book Center and other community leaders.

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    Ground Transportation for Special Guest

    Your contribution will cover the costs of ground transportation for our special guest speaker for the Read-a-thon.

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    Lodging for Special Guest

    Your contribution will cover the lodging expense for the Read-a-thon Special guest.

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    $500 Chapter Champion Sponsorship:

    • Your logo included on signage at Read-A-Thon event
    • An hourly acknowledgment or thank-¬you from the Read-A-Thon MC
    • Quarter page ad in program booklet
    • 5 minutes to address the audience and promote your institution at the top of your sponsorship hour
    • Promotion on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and email blasts to 2,000 member mailing list promoting Read-A-Thon
    • Your logo on Read-A-Thon e-promotions and print materials

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    $1,000 Hour of Power Sponsorship

    Sponsor an hour of the Read-A-Thon - $1,000 Hour of Power sponsorship benefits:
    • Your logo included on signage at Read-A-Thon event
    • An hourly acknowledgement or thank-­you from the Read-A-Thon Master of Ceremony
    • 5 minutes to address audience and promote your institution at the top of your sponsorship hour
    • Promotion on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and email blasts to 2,000 member mailing list promoting Read-A-Thon
    • Your logo on Read-A-Thon e-­promotions and print materials
    • Signed print by Brandan "BMike" Odums

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    Honorarium for Special Guest

    Sponsor the honorarium for the Read-a-thon special guest!

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    Airfare for Special Guest

    Be a Read-a-thon hero! Sponsor airfare for our special guest

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    The Shirt On Our Backs

    Sponsor T-shirts for our Read-a-thon attendees. This reward covers 150 t-shirts, and we'll give them to the first 150 reading enthusiasts who come to the Read-a-thon!
    • Your logo prominently featured on the back of t-shirt
    • Your logo included on signage at Read-A-Thon event
    • An hourly acknowledgment or thank-you from the Read-A-Thon MC
    • Half page ad in program booklet
    • Promotion on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and email blasts to 2,000 member mailing list promoting Read-A-Thon
    • Your logo on Read-A-Thon e-promotions and print materials
    • Signed print by Brandan “Bmike” Odums

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    $2000 Sponsorship

    $2,000 Hour of Power Sponsorship
    Sponsor an hour of the Read-A-Thon - $2,000 Hour of Power sponsorship benefits: • Your logo included on signage at Read-A-Thon event • An hourly acknowledgement or thank-­you from the Read-A-Thon Master of Ceremony • 5 minutes to address audience and promote your institution at the top of your sponsorship hour • Promotion on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and email blasts to 2,000 member mailing list promoting Read-A-Thon • Your logo on Read-A-Thon e-­promotions and print materials • Signed print by Brandan "BMike" Odums

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    $2,500 Literacy Leader Sponsorship

    • Inclusion in press release
    • Your logo prominently featured on signage at Read-A-Thon event
    • Your logo prominently featured on all Read-A-Thon e-¬promotions and print materials
    • Full page ad in program booklet
    • An hourly acknowledgment or thank-¬you from the Read-A-Thon MC
    • Promotion on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and email blasts to 2,000 member mailing list promoting Read-A-Thon
    • Reserved table at the event
    • An outreach table at the event if desired
    • Signed print by Brandan “Bmike” Odums

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