500 Men Reading Week


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Image Taken March 2, 2012 at Camp Curtin School in Harrisburg, PA

The 500 Men Reading Week

The 500 Men Reading Week will be held March 3 thru March 8, 2014 in school districts and libraries in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week is to recruit 500 men to read to elementary students. The honorary chair of the 500 Men Reading Week since 2011 is Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America.

During the 500 Men Reading Week, the ALC will partner with schools, libraries, daycare centers, Head Start programs and other educational institutions.

In schools, each reader will spend about 25 minutes with three different groups of students. During the visit, readers will share books, talk about what they do for a living, and encourage the students to do well in school. Stories that address character development such as honesty, kindness, sharing and acceptance, as well as, ones that are entertaining will be chosen. Men will leave each student with a book that the students can take home. In libraries, men will read during regularly scheduled story time.

Below is a list of school districts and libraries participating during the week.

• Susquehanna School District
• Harrisburg School District
• Middletown School District
• Steelton-Highspire School District
• Capital Area Head Start
• Dauphin County Library System
• Cumberland County Library System


All locations will be posted on the website and men will be able to register online as they did last year. Additional school districts might be added. The 500 Men Reading Day is a program of the American Literacy Corporation which is a non-profit organization that promotes reading to elementary school students. Since 2001, the ALC has promoted reading to over 150,000 children in all 50 states. Additionally, the ALC gives thousands of books to children annually.

Men will be able to register starting January 1, 2014. Thank you for your continued support. Please call (717) 580-5429 for more information.


Keep Reading,
Floyd Stokes

Registration Forms

East Shore Area Library Registration Form

Fredricksen Public Library Registration Form


Honorary Chair of The 500 Men Reading Week

Ron Claiborne is the news anchor for ABC News’ weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”

Claiborne joined ABC News in 1986. In addition to his news anchor duties, he is a general assignment correspondent based in New York, reporting for “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Good Morning America.” Claiborne has previously worked in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Boston bureaus of ABC News. He has also covered international stories in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, China, South America, Africa and Europe.

In 2007 and 2008, Claiborne covered the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. He has also covered such stories as the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in 2002 and 2003, the Elian Gonzalez custody case in Miami in 1999 to 2000, the Yugoslavia conflict in Belgrade in 1999, the 2000 Bush presidential campaign, the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. During the 2003 Iraq War, he reported from the Persian Gulf region and was “embedded” on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Claiborne was part of the ABC News team that won a 2000 Emmy Award for coverage of the seizure of Elian Gonzalez in Miami. In 2003, he was an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, affiliated with the University of Washington.

Prior to joining ABC News, he was a general assignment correspondent for WNYW-TV, New York from 1982 to 1986. He was a reporter for the New York Daily News from 1980 to 1982 and a reporter and national editor for United Press International in New York, from 1977 until 1980.

Claiborne earned an MS in journalism in 1975 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received a BA in psychology from Yale University in 1974. He is a native of San Francisco, Calif., and grew up in Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.