Adult Reading Challenge Created to Show Children the Importance of Reading



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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  For the first time, the Des Moines Public Library is hosting an adult reading challenge online.

The Winter Adult Reading Challenge will have individuals keep track of the amount of time they spend reading.

For every 15 minutes spent reading, participants' names are put in a drawing to win weekly prizes, such as $20 gift cards to local businesses.

Sue Woody, the library's supervising librarian, said reading helps people's health.

“We really want adults to show an example to be the model in their home and show kids how important reading is and all the benefits. It improves our memory, our health, our empathy, our vocabulary. There are so many great things reading can do. We involve the children because reading with a child also counts,” Woody said.

Magazines, novels, children’s books, and more count towards the reading log. Woody said anyone in need of help finding a new book is welcome to visit the library.

“Just come to any of our locations and talk to any of our librarians. They would be happy to help you go through our catalogs how to find reading suggestions, and ask them for reading suggestions, as well. We’ve got lots of displays up that give all these great books. There are so many books to choose from,” Woody said.

The challenge starts January 1st and will end February 17th. The challenge is free and open to the public.

People can sign up for the challenge before the challenge at anytime. However, tracking reading times does not begin until the start of the new year.


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