Donalda wins reading challenge

Donalda Municipal Library was declared the most 'readerly' community in Alberta with 168 participants, beating 28 other communities.

As Alberta communities celebrated Family Literacy Day on Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Read for 15 challenge, Donalda Municipal Library was declared the most ‘readerly’ community in Alberta with 168 participants, beating 28 other communities in the province.

Community members across the province were asked to read for 15 minutes as part of the challenge.

Stettler had 1,870 readers, but finished 11th, as the competition was based on percentages, so the town scored only a small percentage of 17.26, while Donalda had 62 per cent as 168 of its 270 strong population participated.

“We were amazed by the response for the Read for 15 challenge as so many schools, workplaces, businesses, families and individuals read on that day, 1,870 people in total from Stettler,” said Mary Zazelenchuk, manager, Stettler Public Library. “Even without sitting down with a novel, each of us do a lot of casual reading each day and I think it’s important to remember that engaging in literacy doesn’t have to be solitary, it can be a family activity and a social activity as well.”

From the 29 communities that participated across Alberta there were 54,267 readers and 814,005 reading minutes were reported.