It may have been the Drumheller Library's first year for Read for 15, but the event went off without a hitch and proved popular with adults and kids in town.

 Emily Hollingshead, Director of Library Services, explained that Read for 15 is a contest between Alberta libraries to get as many people to read as possible.

"The idea is to get as much of your community reading for 15 minutes and reporting it (if possible) and then we compete with the other participating communities for the greatest percentage of population participating."

Drumheller's strategy was simple -- tell everyone about the contest. Hollingshead and her staff spread the word to the area schools, the daycares and play schools and through their social media channels.

This year, the unofficial tally has 249 people participating in Drumheller's first Read for 15. The official numbers, along with more detailed statistics have not been compiled yet.

"The overall stats aren't in yet," said Hollinghead. "I think we did well for our first year [but] we are not in the running for tacky trophies yet."

She explained that the tacky trophies are intentionally tacky, in an effort to bring even more fun to the reading contest.

Despite the library not taking home a top prize, Hollingshead still handed out awards.

"For people who reported individually, we entered those who were interested in a draw and the person who won that has the choice of three adult fiction books. Greentree had 182 readers involved this year, so we have some books that we will be taking over to contribute to their library."


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