Ballerinas Sarah Rolleman and Danielle Zak take a pirouette break to read at the Nelson Library.

Drop everything and read at the Nelson library

Imagine a scenario in which everyone. Just. Stopped — and read!

Imagine a scenario in which everyone. Just. Stopped — and read!

Turn off the grill, stop folding that laundry, put that report you’re writing down, and tell Fido he can wait. Because on Monday, October 28 from 11 to 11:20 a.m., Drop Everything and Read — an initiative that promotes the joy of reading — asks us to take a few moments and appreciate the written word. All together. Anywhere.

The Nelson Public Library has joined the campaign, celebrating the joy of reading by offering everyone twenty minutes of uninterrupted reading time. Joining ranks with teacher-librarians across BC to kick off School Library Week 2013, the Library hopes to fill its space with people reading — including librarians.

“The best example is a personal one,” says chief librarian June Stockdale. “So our staff will drop everything and read as well. Members needing help during that time will be encouraged to pick up a book or a newspaper or even an eReader — at least until 11:20.”

The library will offer door prizes for participants, and special guests will be in attendance — reading, of course. The best way to find out who will be there is to come yourself.

“Reading is a lifelong habit that everyone should enjoy every day,” says Stockdale. “It’s easy in our busy lives to forget that. Once a year, D.E.A.R. helps us remember.”

For more information on D.E.A.R. go to dropeverythingandreadbc.ca