The Kern County Library encourages reading over winter break

Jacqueline Gutierrez, Reporter

The Kern County Library (KCL) created a new way to incorporate education and physical activity into the winter break of children and adults.

The KCL partnered up with the Kern County Public Health Services department in order to encourage participants to emphasize healthy minds and bodies, according to the press release sent out by Jasmin LoBasso, a member of the marketing division at the KCL.

From November 2019 to January 2020 the KCL is hosting a winter reading challenge in which young children, ages 0-4, to adults (18 and older) are encouraged to read a certain number of books and log it with the chance of winning coupons to the Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation and Valley Children’s Ice Center.

“We were looking for a way to increase reading over winter break,” said LoBasso.

According to a press release sent out from the KCL, these are some of the challenges: parents of children ages 0-4 are encouraged to read 10 books to their child, teens from ages 13-18 are encouraged to read 10 hours, and adults 18 and older are encouraged to challenge themselves and read three books.

The winter challenge includes a physical activity aspect in which the participants are able to log their physical activity and gain points for their activity.

“There aren’t any supervised activities just small changes. The idea is to integrate small daily activities,” said LoBasso.

If anyone wants to participate in the winter challenge they are encouraged to visit the KCL website.