Running for Charity - Children's Literacy
Hi...my name is Bob Graham!
For the past 40+ years I have been an avid runner...mostly because I LOVE TO EAT! While I’ve run marathons and half marathons in the past , it's been a while (NYC '79-'82, '91 & Philadelphia '11). And while it has always been my dream to run the Boston Marathon, I‘ve never been able to post a qualifying time. However, this coming year, thanks to the charity teams set up by the Boston Athletic Association, I am so excited to have been selected to run for Team BPL (Boston Public Library) in the 2020 Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020.
As a career educator In the NYC public schools, I have always been a tremendous supporter of our public library systems. In undergraduate school in NYC, I worked at another BPL - the Brooklyn Public Library. I saw firsthand how important our public libraries are in the education of our young people and how valuable they are to all those who strive to be lifelong learners and to those who simply love to read. In particular I was always struck by the incredible value of the after school children's literacy programs our public libraries provide. These literacy programs serve as such an important bridge between home and school.
I am thrilled to be part of the fund raising team for the Boston Public Library. I really appreciate any donation that you are able to give to help Team BPL reach its fund raising goal and help the Boston Public Library continue to provide all these invaluable services FOR FREE!
The Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.