Event encourages the community to join in and demonstrate the importance of picking up a good book

For Leah Griffith, one of the most important things for people to do is take the time to read.

“Even if you just take 15 minutes a day,” Griffith, Newberg Public Library director, said.

To encourage this good behavior, the library is hosting the third annual “Stop, Drop and Read.”

From 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. May 27, participants in the community will stop what they’re doing and GARY ALLEN - Get out and read - Every year the Newberg Public Library encourages the community to take 15 minutes to ‘Stop, Drop and Read.' This year the event takes place from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. May 27.

“Basically it’s just a reminder that reading is important and to take a few minutes out of your day, especially the last Tuesday in May, and just read,” she said. “We’ve done a reading flash mob at the four corners (including) The Graphic, the library, the bank and the antique store. We like to have somebody from all four corners.”

The schools get involved too.

“We’ve worked with the fire department in the past to have a fire truck go up to the schools and at 1:30 p.m. sound their fire siren,” she said, this signaling the start of the reading break. “The fire department is thrilled about it because they know the value of reading. They couldn’t be EMT’s and firefighters if they couldn’t read, and read very well.”

The project started as a part of Reading For All, but when the program lost funding, Griffith said they decided to continue the event.

“The (Yamhill County) libraries, especially us in Newberg, said we like this Stop, Drop and Read thing, we’ll continue it,” she said. “So they left us all the stuff.”

The “stuff” included banners and yard signs designed by Rendered when the program started.

“We like having the banner and posters just remind people of something as basic as reading, and the value of it,” she said.

With the extra signs, Griffith said they encourage anyone interested to come by the library and grab one for their own yards.

“We’d love to have them in the community, especially when they take down their election sign, they can put this one up,” she said. “It’s like taking a Christmas tree down. It looks so bare, well here you can take down the political signs and put this one up instead to kind of ease you out of having a sign in your yard.”

As a proclaimed official day in May, Griffith said it’s just a fun thing, and also serves as a kick-off to the library’s summer reading program June 1. For more information, visit www.newberg

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