Red Deer prepares to Read for 15 minutes on Jan. 27

This year’s reading contest is spreading across Canada

A Battle of the Readers will be held on Family Literacy Day this month.

Red Deer stands to win a Canada-wide reading contest if everyone reports 15 minutes of reading on Friday, Jan. 27.

Red Deer Library is already putting the word out: All Red Deerians have to do is read any book, newspaper or other periodical for 15 minutes that day, then brag about it on Twitter or Instagram (use #readfor15rdpl), the library’s RDPL Facebook page, or in person at any branch.

Readers can also email their read times to, or fill out a web form.

Youth librarian Jill Griffith said library staff will be tracking reports on social media and tabulating the total number of readers from this community. A winner will be determined, according to a per capital formula.

Last year, Donalda was the big winner, although Red Deer received recognition for highest overall number of readers.

Griffith expects this year’s competition to be extra tough, since the contest has spread outside Alberta to as far as Ontario, in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

“We’d like to get everybody — schools and classes — on board.”

On Friday, Jan. 27, the library will be hosting a Read Aloud session from 10 -10:45 a.m. in the children’s department of the downtown branch.

There will also be an Usborne Book Fair held that day at the branch from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A percentage of book sales will benefit the library’s children’s department.

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