A good book brings knowledge and opens the creative minds of many readers, but an upcoming event will help jog the minds of residents as they help the local library grow.

Walkers and runners will take their mark at the starting line Saturday for the third annual Stewart C. Meyer Public Library’s Race to Read 5k Run/Walk.

Funds raised by the event will benefit library programs, said Lisa Reyes, reference librarian.

“(The 5k) has been successful in bringing people together,” she said. “Awards will be given to top overall male and female and the top three winners of each (age) group.”

There are 14 age groups ranging from 11 and younger to 70 and older.

The Race to Read 5k Fun Run/Walk is a competitive and family event supporting early literacy initiatives. Kids can participate in a free 1k, where they can earn a medal and a free book if they cross the finish line. The library also will provide other activities for kids of all ages.

Registration forms can be picked up at the library or runners can sign up on race day. The 5k starts at 7 a.m. Saturday in Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. Farm-to-Market 2410. The kids’ 1k follows at 8 a.m. For more information, call (254) 953-5491.

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