James Earl Jones will read two books to young children at Blodgett Elementary School to help in the Syracuse, N.Y., school's effort to open a state-of-the-art library.
The 70-year-old actor, whose voice is one of the best-known in show business, will read books he selected himself: "Stellaluna," by Janell Cannon, and "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears," by Verna Aardema.
Blodgett is famous as the birthplace of the National Basketball Association's 24-second shot clock. In August 1954, the league's founding members gathered in the school's gym to watch an experimental game with the clock.
On July 21, Jones will read to about 25 children in the "Roman amphitheater" section of the unfinished library.