If you’ve been around here or on my Insta feed for any amount of time you know that I’m a moderately voracious reader. The kind that prefers to hold books and turn their pages – most of the time, I have a book in my car or tote just in case there are a few minutes to read/finish a page.
In order to support my book habit, I get most of my books from the public library which is about a 2- minute drive from our home and an 8 to 10 minute walk. It’s a lovely little library with a beautiful backyard. Truly – there are trails around there with a substantial park nearby.
When I see new books or am tempted to join a book of the month club (which is really tempting) I get on the library’s website to request those new hardcovers that run around $27.99 by placing a hold where they will set the book(s) aside from me – even from cooperating libraries in the area. Not only does it save us money, but it also saves us space in our apartment home and it helps encourage us in our goal to live more simply.
I also feel connected to the library and helping reach this goal because I try to participate in the monthly book club that takes place in the evenings – the first Wednesday of each month (not including June or July). Though I don’t get to always go and participate, there is a little community around the table and I enjoy that.
We vote on the books we’d like to read and then gather to discuss. It’s a laid back, diverse group of women – though men are welcome – and the books are almost always books I would not have chosen for myself. It’s a good fit for me!
Our book club is led by Librarian Lisa and is where I learn a lot about what’s going on and the cool things the library has to offer.
Which is exactly where I learned about the summer reading challenge for Keller residents – “helping our community read ONE MILLION MINUTES” from 04 June to 21 July this summer. I think I did the math correctly on this one, but if 50,000 people read 20 hours in that time, we’ll hit our goal. Since our population is less than 47,000 people and most people won’t get down with books for 20 hours like I plan to, I’m hoping to motivate at least 23 other Keller residents to join us in taking a big bite out of this community challenge.
Y’all, this is fun for me.
Simple, free – it has health benefits (slowing down, resting one’s body while developing the mind – “readers are leaders”) and it’s something that is absolutely accessible to (almost) everyone – if they can read or are willing to be read to (don’t count out those babies listening to your precious voice).
To do my part, I’m gonna stay focused on accomplishing my book challenge – but winning prizes is exciting too. Yes fellow nerds, you get to read and possibly win stuff (cool stuff) too. If you live here in Keller, Texas promise me you’ll head over here to check it out and set up a log to digitally record the minutes you read.
Mister and I will be contributing and recruiting other readers – older and younger – to join and record their minutes to help our community reach the goal. Most importantly though, I’ll be over here in my corner of the world, reading books.
If you’re planning on participating and live here, leave a comment below, direct message me on Insta and/or post something on your own social media inviting your people to participate.
Come on Keller, let’s do this!