Akron-Summit Library’s Reading and Exercise Challenge Kicks Off

As a family, we are committed to exercising and reading a great deal throughout the summer. We enjoy spending quality time together, whether it be on a joint walk or sprawled out on the couch with a stack of books. A program presently being offered through the Akron-Summit Public Library is making it easier for me to encourage physical activity and literacy in my children.

From June 3 to Sept. 14, the Akron-Summit Public Library is running “Mind, Body & Sole: Reading At Your Own Pace” to encourage adults and children to incorporate reading and exercise into their daily summer routine. According to the Akron-Summit Public Library, reading and exercise “have the power to brighten your spirit, stimulate your imagination and improve your health.”


To participate in the program, dedicate a half hour daily to walking or running and a half hour to reading. When you log 26 miles of running or walking and 26 days of reading, you will be rewarded with a “Mind, Body & Sole” T-shirt and entered into a grand prize drawing.


Visit your local library branch to get signed up for the program. While at the Ellet branch on Monday, we decided to join the challenge. My girls were told they would receive a prize each time they reach certain walking and reading benchmarks, so they got moving and reading as soon as we got home!


Join Akron-Summit Library’s “Mind, Body & Sole” Program

Visit www.akronlibrary.org to learn more about “Mind, Body & Sole: Reading At Your Own Pace” and numerous other awesome programs being offered for those of all ages this summer through the Akron-Summit Public Library.

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Emily, a freelance journalist, is the proud mom of five children, ages 4 to 12. She and her husband have been married 14 years, moving to the Akron area for employment 11 years ago. Although both originally from Pennsylvania, the couple fell in love with Ohio and are proud to call the state “home.” Emily and her family – also including a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel pup and a Holland Lop bunny – now reside in the Hartville area. She and her family love going on adventures, game nights, reading together and exploring and playing in their big backyard. Emily likes lending a hand at her church and children’s school. She enjoys family time, Bible studies, bargain shopping, trying new recipes, exercising and beach vacations!
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