Detroit ACE and Detroit Public Library Launch #313READS Challenge

Detroit ACE (Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship) has partnered with the Detroit Public Library on a new program to promote reading this summer, the 313 Summer Reading Challenge. The entire city and beyond is encouraged to read together during the COVID-19 pandemic to reach 3.13 million minutes as a symbolic gesture for the determination, perseverance and celebration of the City’s love for reading and one another.

The #313Reads reading challenge was established to inspire young readers and families across the city to focus the minutes they read as much as the steps they take. Between now and September 7 residents should log the minutes spent reading to participate in the challenge and even win prizes. Readers are encouraged to share what they are reading by using hashtag #313READS.

Whether its grandparents reading to children or children reading to parents or teens reading Children of Blood and Bone, readers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

“As an advocate for improved reading for my entire life, there is no better time to encourage people to dive into good books – and get prizes for it – than now while we’re at home,” said Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture. “I may not use a fitbit, but I plan to log my reading minutes! I hope everyone in the city does.”

As readers rack up minutes in their Reading Logs, they have a chance to win weekly drawings for gift cards from $25 to $100.

How #313Reads Works

Readers can sign up for the 313 Summer Reading Challenge by creating an account at  Once an account is set-up, readers record how much they read into their Reading Log. For each hour you read, a new badge is unlocked. Keep reading to earn badges and minutes that count towards the overall library total of reaching 3.13 million minutes.

There are also Activity Challenges that provide different tasks such as reading to a family member, listening to an audio book, downloading an e-book, or attending a virtual program.

“Reading is the best way to learn about what is going on in the world today. It’s also the best way to temporarily escape the world and journey into your imagination, pleasures and purpose,” said Atiim J. Funchess, Assistant Director Marketing & Communications at the Detroit Public Library. “Take advantage of the time you have and join our reading challenge! It’s a fun and exciting way to share your joy of reading along with the city you’ve always loved and supported.”


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