"We're challenging you, as a community to read three million minutes," says Keith Guidry with Lafayette Public Libraries, and though that sounds like a lot, the breakdown is doable. "If everyone from June 1 to July 31 takes ten minutes a day, by the end of July 31 you'll have read 600 minutes. Now if we could get 5000 people to do that, we would reach our goal."
These minutes count as listening to audio books, reading alone, or reading aloud to your kids or other non-readers.
The theme of this summer at the library is 'Imagine,' in a time when we could all probably benefit from using our imaginations to momentarily escape reality.
While things like the traditional big kick off party can't happen, this summer reading program is not lacking in any of the entertainment, fun and surprises you're used to.
"There are prizes. There are some gift cards from different organizations in the area and Broussard and David have stepped up. They're giving gift cards for 2 bikes as well," says Guidry.
Each Tuesday there will be performances to engage readers in the challenge's theme, and Mondays and Wednesdays, something just for the kids.
"We're still doing our digital story times at 10 o'clock. People can tune in and our children's librarians are reading stories and singing songs and the kids can follow along and sing as well," says Guidry.
You could do it all virtually, and the library's website could keep you busy for days, from tens of thousands of e-books to some resources many probably didn't know existed.
"You can actually take courses on adobe and Microsoft products and it will give a certification in your linked in account. There is Chilton which is a database on fixing your vehicles. We've got about a million things you can check out," says Guidry.
These resources and more can all be found on lafayettepubliclibrary.org/freestuff.
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