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Lafayette Public Library issues Community Reading Challenge

Posted at 12:04 PM, May 21, 2020

The Lafayette Public Library is challenging everyone to help reach the summer community goal of 3 million minutes read.

This year's Summer Reading Challenge theme, Imagine, encourages readers to explore the world of fantasy, folk tales, fairy tales, myths, and other titles that foster imagination.

Here's how to participate:

Read & Record:
Read 10 minutes a day for a total of 600 minutes (or 10 hours) between June 1 and July 31. Audiobooks and reading to a non-reader count too. Readers can pick up a paper reading log inside of this summer's BookTalk Online Resource Guide or log online beginning June 1. You can register now by visiting or calling any library location or online at

Earn Badges:
The more minutes you read and the more activities you complete, the more badges you can earn. For a full list of activities to earn badges, visit

Once you've read 600 minutes, stop by the library to claim your prize and be entered for a grand prize drawing. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have to win! Keep reading and recording to help reach the community goal by the end of summer. Prize distribution will begin July 1.

Prize sponsors include Broussard & David, Chick-fil-A, La Madeleine, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Super 1 Foods, Tropical Smoothie, and more. The Summer Virtual Performance series is sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library.

Digital Programming:
This year, the programs will be a little different. You will be able to participate virtually from the comfort of your own home. Visit as well as the library's Facebook page for updates and information about virtual book clubs, summer performers, crafts, and much more.

Light reading over the summer is a fun and easy way for students to prevent a decline in reading achievement. With the Summer Reading Challenge, children can discover learning activities, teens can strengthen reading skills, and adults can explore great books, the library says.