The Maynard Public Library is holding its annual Read-A-Thon for local youngsters Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine), and needs volunteers to help staff the event. Participants will obtain sign-up sheets at the library’s children’s desk, and collect pledges from family, friends, and neighbors. By reading books in return for pledges, they will earn money that will be used to fund future children’s programs at the library. Pizza and other refreshments will be served at the Thursday event. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. Call Lynda Thayer at 978-897-1958 or Mr. Mark at 978-897-1010, ext. 106, for more details.