Suffolk Libraries has signed up for the global ‘200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge’ and is challenging children and young people across Suffolk to take part.
200 Million Minutes is a worldwide reading initiative run by education charity Achievement for All which is being launched on World Book Day (Thursday 4 March).
Schools, colleges, parents, libraries and businesses around the world are all signing up to encourage children and young people to read for a collective 200 million minutes between World Book Day and the end of the month.
Suffolk Libraries is asking parents to help encourage children and young people to discover the benefits of reading and to register all the minutes they spend reading by contacting their local library.
All the minutes logged by Suffolk Libraries will hopefully help to get Suffolk on the 200 Million Minutes global leaderboard! The challenge has run before but has yet to achieve 200 million minutes so it’s a great chance to be part of something special.
Reading in all forms is encouraged including audiobooks, comics and graphic novels.
Krystal Vittles, Suffolk Libraries Head of Service Delivery explained why she signed up Suffolk Libraries to the challenge:
“It’s been more difficult for everyone to get time away from a screen over the past year but getting children and young people into the habit of reading regularly for pleasure has so many benefits for them and their future prospects. It can improve communications and literacy skills, inspire their imagination and help their development and educational achievement later on. Even just 10 minutes of reading a day can make a huge impact. This is a great opportunity to do something different and read or listen to a book and help Suffolk Libraries play its part in this global challenge.”
All you need to do to take part is log how many minutes a day you spend reading and pass the totals onto your local library by phone, email or by messaging them on social media.