Libraries challenge Alberta communities to Readfor15

Libraries across Alberta are reaching out to encourage citizens to read for 15 minutes on January 27.

Libraries across Alberta are reaching out to encourage citizens to read for 15 minutes on January 27 to win the title ofAlberta’s most ‘readerly’ community for Family Literacy Day. Rimbey Municipal Library has joined the Read for 15 challenge and the goal is promote the importance of literacy in the community.

Literacy skills are put into practice daily and include such activities as reading grocery lists, your Facebook news feed, the local paper, a book, traffic signs, maps, or even a restaurant menu. Continuously flexing your reading muscles has been proven to reduce stress, expand vocabulary, improve memory, focus and concentration, and develop deep analytical thinking. It’s a rewarding recreational activity too.

The library aims to create enthusiasm about reading for youth and adults alike and we encourage friendly competition between communities, businesses, or public services to help spread the word about the challenge and the importance of reading.

Participation is easy. After you finish your 15 minutes of reading your chosen material, let the library know using Facebook(post to our page), Twitter (#Readfor15ari), email, phone, or stop by the library and we’ll make sure your reading is added to the tally. You can follow participation and report your reading by using the hashtag #Readfor15 and then your community name. Alberta’s most ‘readerly’ community will be announced once the results are calculated.

We can’t wait to Read for 15 with you on Family Literacy Day!

For more information, please visit www.rimbeylibrary.prl.ab.ca or call the library at 403-843-2841.

Read for 15 challenge originated in the Northwest Territories and has been promoting literacy since 1987. It was created by the NWT Literacy Council.