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Berkshire Museumís Pajama Night Goes Virtual
09:55AM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum will host a virtual 24-Hour Pajama Read-A-Thon from 10 am on Friday, Nov. 20 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, in celebration of literacy, community, and imagination.

The event will be streamed live at explore.berkshiremuseum.org and facebook.com/berkshiremuseum

Throughout the 24-hour event, children and adults of all ages will tune in to hear from a team of volunteer readers including educators, neighbors, public figures, and authors from near and far as they share everything from picture books to poetry, plays, and selections from classic novels.

Read-A-Thon host Peter Liffers and his crew of museum educators and staff will present educational programs, share moments with favorite Aquarium friends, and respond to questions all day and all night. Adults are encouraged to tune in during the late-night hours to hear readings of works by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and others.

The 24-Hour Pajama Read-A-Thon takes the place of the museum's annual Free Community Pajama Night. Since 2011, this yearly celebration of Family Literacy Month has encouraged thousands of children to develop a love for reading and provided families with opportunities to explore the museum free of charge. In the past, the event has drawn as many as 1,200 pajama-clad attendees in one night to hear from volunteer readers stationed throughout the museum's galleries. This year, the online Pajama Read-A-Thon event will allow families and volunteers to join in the fun from the safety of their own homes and bring the joy of reading and storytelling to audiences in the Berkshires and beyond.

"Throughout the pandemic our team has been adapting and innovating to serve our community remotely," Jeff Rodgers, Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum said. "This is a once-in-a-century opportunity to bring one of our favorite events directly to Berkshire County – and the rest of the world. We hope everyone will consider volunteering and tuning in to join us on November 20."

The 24-Hour Pajama Read-A-Thon is sponsored by Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, the Annie Selke Companies, and the Berkshire United Way.

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