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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Library joins effort to promote 20 minutes of reading every day

The Minot Public Library has joined area literacy leaders in working together to demonstrate the life-changing impact 20 minutes can have on a child’s life.

“Having your child read for just 20 minutes a day can drastically improve their test scores and increase their vocabulary,” said Sara Medalen, a teacher at Sunnyside Elementary and the 2020 N.D. Teacher of the Year. “Whether your child reads alone or you read together, reading will not only help in school success, but will stimulate imagination, which can introduce them to concepts, cultures, and possibilities beyond their own experiences.”

To help parents reach this goal of 20 minutes per day, area educators, librarians, and children’s advocates are joining forces to ensure children have the opportunity to read for at least 20 minutes per day.

Washington Elementary teacher and president-elect of the North Central Reading Council Erin Zietz said one goal of organizers is to “get books into the hands of kids all over Minot and share the joy of stories.” Zietz said that to make this happen she and other community leaders are happy to stop by any business or organization to read stories. In addition, organizations involved, such as the Minot Public Library and North Central Reading Council, are able to bring new and gently used books to these locations for children to add to their own library.

Anyone interested in hosting a story telling time at their business should contact Medalen at 701-721-5712 or Minot Public LIbrary's Children's Librarian Randi Monley at

Organizers are also hoping to spread the importance of reading 20 minutes a day to local nonprofit groups and service clubs. Anyone interested in having someone come speak can also contact Medalen at 701-721-5712 or Monley at

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