Thousands of basketball fans will simultaneously take a moment to read a newspaper, book or magazine during a nationally televised game Saturday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
The mass read-in will happen during one minute of a timeout in the men's Pacific vs. University of California at Davis game, which will be televised on ESPNU.
The event is part of a broader university effort to promote reading and boost local literacy rates.
Organized by UOP and the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, the "Take a Time Out for Reading" event will occur during the final full media timeout of the first half of the game, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Attendees who bring a book to donate will receive a half-price discount on tickets, which are regularly $10. Children age 12 and younger get in for free at all games.
In a recent study by Central Connecticut State University, Stockton placed 72nd among 75 U.S. cities in a literacy ranking for cities with 250,000 people or more.