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    Bostonians read 1.6 million minutes . . . and counting

    Bostonians of all ages have collectively read 1.6 million minutes so far this summer, surpassing the goal of 1 million minutes the Boston Public Library set for its summer reading program.

    “Bostonians’ love of reading is evident,” Michael Colford, BPL director of library services, said in a statement announcing the milestone Wednesday. “We are thrilled that so many patrons are sharing their favorite summer reads with us.”

    And don’t stop reading, the library says.


    Boston Reads 1 Million Minutes, the program which launched in June, will continue until Aug. 31.

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    The library wants to see how many minutes Boston readers can log.

    Any kind of reading counts, BPL said, like “reading novels on the beach, newspapers on the T, or even reading e-mails at work.” Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, or group “read-ins” the library hosts at all locations, count as well.

    To submit minutes, readers can visit and register their local library branch, the amount of minutes they’ve read and age group.

    So far, the West End branch is winning with 231, 423 minutes logged, with the Connolly branch at a close second with 207,074 logged minutes, according to BPL’s website. And adults are winning in the age group category, followed by children grades five and below, and then tweens and teens in grades 6 to 12.


    The library is encouraging all readers to share their progess on social media with #BostonReads2018.

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