Time To Read tried out a Reading Challenge for adults in 2012. Almost 500 people completed a challenge to read 10 books and submit their entry form for chances to win shopping vouchers. Of course we are not able to know how many almost got there but didn't enter the draws. The feedback from many people we heard from was so positive that we have decided to repeat a Reading Rewards challenge this year. We will tweak it slightly so that it appears less complicated and the challenge will be 8 books rather than 10. But essentially it's the same again with a target for all of us of engaging more people this time.
We are delighted to be working on a project alongside library services in Yorkshire & Humberside which is linked to the Rugby League World Cup, the UK's major sporting event for 2013. Library services in these 2 regions have been awarded a generous grant from Arts Council England to develop a reading and writing project which we intend will promote the Rugby League World Cup at the same time as inspiring people to read, write and use public libraries more. This project is currently in an intense planning phase and more precise news of its activities will be broadcast soon.
2 authorities in our region, Lancashire and Halton, took part in the Reading Agency's Digital Skill Sharing project during 2012. See the feature page for more detail of what happened. We intend to share the news of this project with other Time To Read members more directly, at a digital skills event on May 24th.
For more information please contact Jane Mathieson