April 11, 2021

The New York Public Library Begins 2020 with a With A Challenge: Make a Resolution to Read For 20 Minutes a Day

Ed. Note: It goes without saying that reading for at least 20 minutes a day is a wonderful idea no matter where you live or what library/libraries you frequent! This is an ideal “first post” of 2020 for infoDOCKET. Kudos NYPL!

From The NYPL:

The New York Public Library is encouraging every New Yorker to make a reading resolution in 2020: read, read to your child, or encourage your kids to read for at least 20 minutes a day.

The reading challenge was issued in an animated “ad” sent this morning to the Library’s 1.1 million subscribers. The animation is reminiscent of ads for gyms (popular around New Year’s Day), and encourages New Yorkers to get library cards, see book recommendations, and sign up for a new “Book of the Day” newsletter at nypl.org/2020.

“Looking to start a new chapter in 2020,” the animated ad asks. “Exercise your mind! Try a no-sweat resolution: drop and give us 20 minutes . . . of reading a day.”

The ad continues, “Get pumped for STRONG characters! HEALTHY storylines! No RIPPED pages! Your brain will thank you!” It also touts “all months free,” “classes included,” and “no pain, lots of gain!”

The Library is issuing the challenge because of the many benefits of reading for at least 20 minutes a day: for school-aged children, for example, studies have shown that independent reading is the central factor that sets them up for success in school. Parents and families who read to younger children are activating critical areas of the brain and fostering social-emotional development. In seniors, those who read regularly are less at risk for issues of cognitive decline, such as dementia. And in all people, reading can generate empathy, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills.

“Visiting the Library won’t necessarily build your biceps (although toting around bags of books can certainly help), but it can exercise your mind,” said Brian Bannon, the Merryl and James Tisch Director of The New York Public Library. “Reading regularly has been shown to improve empathy, increase happiness, and keep the brain fit, engaged, and alert, which is important for everyone, particularly young children. It’s also, of course, fun. For 125 years, The New York Public Library has helped spark and foster a true love of reading, connecting New Yorkers to the books that inspire and excite them. We hope all New Yorkers visit the Library, find those stories, and participate in our reading challenge in 2020. It will strengthen individuals and our communities.”

To support patrons participating in the challenge, the Library will provide daily book recommendations via the newly-launched “Book of the Day” newsletter, as well as tailored lists throughout the year highlighting popular and much-loved titles (such as the recently-released Best Books of 2019). Later this month, the Library will also announce its top checkouts of all time—all part of celebrations for the system’s 125th anniversary in 2020.

View the Animated Ad

See Also: Sign Up for the Book of the Day Newsletter

See Also: Additional Resources

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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