A reading initiative that began in Alberta is continuing in Muskoka this year. It’s called the Read for 15 challenge, and aims to get the public reading for 15 minutes; it could be a book, a magazine, a recipe, or even a how-to manual. Once you finish reading, log your time with the library and for every 15 minutes, the library will post a red maple leaf on the wall. You can also use social media to log your 15 minutes by using the hashtag #Readfor15Muskoka.

Huntsville Library CEO Deborah Duce says the goal of Read for 15 is to highlight the benefits of reading, building vocabularies, and concentration. This year, you can log your reading time over two days; January 26th and 27th. Libraries across Muskoka are taking part to win the title of “most readers” on Family Literacy Day, which is on the 27th.

Muskoka libraries took part in the challenge last year for the first time, as part of Canada 150 celebrations.