Bryant, 58, is the branch executive director of the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA, where he has launched the Million Page Challenge, a summer reading program that has young people and adults joining together to read 1 million pages by Aug. 10. He believes that, in order to instill a lifelong love for reading in youth, adults must "show them by example.'' Bryant, a Chicago native, holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois as well as a master's degree in horticulture from Iowa State University and a bachelor's degree in botany from Eastern Illinois University.
If you're interested in joining the Million Page Challenge, Bryant invites you to stop by and fill out a form at the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St. N, Largo. "If a person loves Ridgecrest and loves reading, we invite them to be a part of this,'' he said.
What's on your nightstand?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the sixth book in the Mortal Instrument series.
Do you recommend it?
This is a great series for the teens, and the first book was recently on the big screen, City of Bones. I love reading books that are made into movies and comparing how well the movie captures the heart of the book. The movie did a great job in this case. I'm also reading this because my 13-year-old daughter is reading them along with me. I have to read fast and furious to stay ahead of her or to keep up with her.
How many people have signed up for the program?
Six hundred and fifty people (as of June 24). The biggest challenge with the reading program is getting the adults to sign up and tell us what they are reading.
Contact Piper Castillo at [email protected] or (727) 445-4163.