CHECK IT OUT: Reduce stress through reading – Park Rapids Enterprise

Did you know reading is good for your health?

A study by the World Literacy Foundation states, “Reading is found to decrease blood pressure, lower heart rate and reduce stress to significant degrees. …Stress is reduced up to 68 percent just by reading and only six minutes of reading can slow down the heart rate and improve overall health! It calms the mind and relaxes the body. This will not only help prevent potential conditions caused by stress, but will also set a person up with a clearer mind.”

Good news! We’re here to help. SnowTime to Read, Park Rapids Area Library’s annual winter reading challenge for adults (anyone age 18 or older), is underway! We’re excited to announce some updates and changes this year. Most notably, patrons can now choose between traditional (paper), and online registration and reading logs. SnowTime to Read will run for two months (January and February), instead of three. Upon registration, participants will receive a reusable cotton mask in a resealable pouch. The library is open, and patrons are welcome inside. In addition, we are happy to schedule curbside pickup by request.

Anyone who reads five books will be entered into a drawing to win one of the bigger prizes at the completion of the challenge. Those who read 10 books will receive a hot beverage mug and be entered into the drawing a second time. Participants can read books of their choosing – any young adult fiction, adult fiction or non-fiction work in any format (print, digital or audio). Books can be from your personal collection, borrowed from a friend, purchased from a local bookstore or checked out from the library.

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Anyone interested in joining the challenge online can find us on the Beanstack platform ( ) or on the KRLS website under “SnowTime to Read.” Joining the challenge on Beanstack app allows readers to log books from the comfort of home. For each book completed, participants will earn a badge, a kind virtual pat on the back. Beanstack can also be accessed through Beanstack Tracker, a downloadable app for mobile devices. Books can be logged through the app simply by taking a photo of a book’s UPC code. Beanstack is a handy way to record reading history, and write reviews if you choose. The best part is that Beanstack stays with you beyond “SnowTime to READ;” you can make it your go-to place to log books and participate in our future fun reading challenges.

Let’s read and get healthier together! Come in to the library or go to, look for the SnowTime to READ banner, and get started today!

Leann Willenbring is a library assistant.



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