READ-y, Set, Book It!

Calling all runners, walkers, readers and their friends. The eighth annual Book It! 5K Walk/Run will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Roseville library. The event raises money for the Ramsey County Library’s Summer Reading Program for youth at all seven branches of Ramsey County Library, including Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake. 

Last year, more than 7,500 children and teens took part in the summer program by reading and reviewing books and coming to the library to watch jugglers, magicians and other visitors show off their expertise. Kids also earned points for reading-related activities on their own. The program’s goal is to not forget hard-earned reading skills during the three-month summer break from school. In fact, some kids who take part improve their skills.

Race participants can help even more and receive special incentives by encouraging friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor their participation as a walker, runner or stroller. Participants who raise at least $100 above the registration fee receive a Friends tote bag. Participants who raise at least $300 above the registration fee receive their own engraved brick paver placed in the Children’s Garden at the Roseville library.

Registration forms are available in the libraries or register online at www.active.com by searching for keywords “Book It! 2017.”

The Book It! 5K Walk/Run will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, starting at Roseville county library, 2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville. The course runs through scenic Central Park in Roseville. If paid by Aug. 31, participation costs $27 per adult or $75 per family. If paid between Sept. 1 and 10 or on race day, the cost is $32 per adult or $85 per family. Children ages 12 and under cost $15 regardless of what day they are signed up.

Prizes will be given for top finishers in each category. Snacks and beverages will be available at the finish line. 


 

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