History of Time To Read
the NW Libraries' Reader Development Partnership
Rachel van Riel (Opening the Book) delivers 6
month training course in Reader Development & Training to 10 NW
representatives- funded by Arts Council England NW (ACE NW)
NW region consists of 22 authorities
including Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and
The team of 10 continues to meet to exchange
ideas with permission of SCL (Society of Chief Librarians) NW
First National Year of Reading.
funding announced. Time To Read encouraged by SCL NW to bid for a
regional project. 14 authorities partner successful bid for Reading
Lifelines. This is an outreach
project targeting 16-25 yr olds.
Lifelines appoints a regional co-ordinator
(Julie Spencer) from within the Time To Read team, on secondment from her authority
(Bolton) & funded by DCMS/Wolfson.
Time To Read
boosted by reps from authorities participating in Branching-Out training (being delivered by Opening the
Book, keen to support the development of regional networks).
Time To Read
submits 2nd successful bid to DCMS/Wolfson. 18 authorities now
partner in the new project Everybody’s Reading. Project co-ordinator
continues in post.
ACE NW undertakes consultation about reader
development activity in the region- and recommends appointment of a
co-ordinator for a wider range of activity
funding ends. Time To Read wants to maintain co-ordinator position to
continue to develop new work in the region. 19 authorities, via SCL NW agree to
contribute funds to pay for a full-time post, also supported by ACE NW. Post
advertised nationally and new co-ordinator recruited (on secondment from
Manchester) for an initial 2 year period. (Selection Panel consists of 2 senior
members of TTR team with ACE NW Literature Officer)
Steering Group of stakeholders established-
ACE NW, 3 x SCL members, Libraries NW, MLA NW, Current Chair of TTR
authorities contribute to 2nd year of post- all 22 NW authorities
now participating. MLA NW recruits Libraries Development Officer who works
closely with Time To Read co-ordinator, assists with Business Planning process
and also contributes funding.
Main promotion: TTR promotes poetry with
posters and postcards
Website set up www.time-to-read.co.uk
SCL NW agrees to
fund post for a further 2 years. All 22 authorities contribute. ACE NW
contribute a reduced amount of funding, but fund additional project work
through Grants for the Arts
Best Practice Publication sells nationally
Readers Days x 5
Poetry posters and drinks mats
(Readers for Life) endorsed by SCL NW and adopted by all 22 authorities
& Now: NW writers’ promotion to March 06
Post renewed for a
further 2 years to Sept 2008. All 22 authorities continue to contribute. ACE NW
funding now ceased, though continue to support individual projects
In partnership with Literaturenorthwest, GFA
funds support subs for independent magazines in all library authorities (for 2
Gay Read delivered with Queerupnorth, receives
ACE NW leave
steering group as Time To Read judged to be well established.
MLA NW leave steering group due to
The Reading Agency invited to be represented
on steering group
Passion promotion of Romantic Fiction, delivered in
Partnership with Romantic Novelists Association and Harlequin Mills & Boon
Year of Reading coordinated by The Reading Agency
Partnerships Project Manager from The Reading
Agency joins steering group
For Life Strategy 2 renewed for 3 years with greater
focus on local authority performance indicators
2 Positive Action Trainees work for TTR, in
Liverpool & Lancashire, funded by GFA
Passion leads into major partnership with Harlequin
Mills & Boon
Science Read (Greater Manchester)- events in 10 library
Co-ordinator speaks at Australia & New
Zealand Reader Development Conference in Melbourne
Funding agreed to Sept 2011
Post of Regional Co-ordinator confirmed as permanent on Manchester Libraries’
Cheshire County Council splits into 2
authorities called Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester. Region therefore, now 23 authorities.
Co-ordinator speaks at European Seminar on
Libraries of the Future in Helsinki
NYR best practice publication delivered
NOW that’s what I call READING Facebook promo
Ago a major promotion of Historical Fact &
Fiction supported with GFA funds.
May 2010: change of government. Cutbacks to
Local Authority funding made almost immediately. Lots of changes to personnel
St Helens withdraws from TTR from Oct 2010,
due to re-prioritising of funds. TTR now 22 authorities
Reading Places: a promotion of travel writing supported from
core TTR funds.
Knowsley withdraws from TTR from Oct 2011 due
to funding cuts. TTR now supported by 21 authorities
Co-ordinator post becomes part-time (3 days
per week) from June, to save funds for everyone. Funding agreed to March 2013
ACE Literature Relationship Manager joins
Strategy renewed to March 2013
Knowsley rejoins TTR so 22 (of 23 )
authorities now participating
National Libraries Day (Feb) TTR supports an
author visit to each authority (22)
Reading Rewards- an adult reading challenge
offering shopping vouchers as prizes ,trialled
Places 2 funded by GfA 12 poets’ work is promoted via
print materials and events in all library authorities. Collections of poetry
books added to stocks
TRA Digital Skills project- Lancs & Halton
take part, with learning cascaded to whole region via TTR and nationally via TRA-led conference
Reading Rewards re-run in 22 authorities.
Reading project linked to the Rugby League World Cup.
ACE grant of just under £200k to support a reading project in 30 authorities
across the NW and Yorkshire/Humberside.
19 authorities in NW participate directly. (not the Cheshires or Sefton)
Website renewed with more contemporary designs and more interactive features
Magic of Libraries video commissioned and promoted via YouTube and Vimeo
Cheshire East withdraw from Time To Read for financial year 14/15 due to budgetary pressures. TTR now 21 authorities
This Reading Business runs in 21 authorities
Jane Mathieson (co-ordinator) decides to retire (end Aug)
Future of TIme To Read confirmed and supported by 21 authorities
Clancy Mason, Reader Development Manager for Blackpool Library Service, is appointed the new Time To Read Co-Ordinator. (Nov)
Artist Vanessa Cuthbert commissioned to produce a series of new artworks for Time To Read, to be used on the website, social media and book bags.
New Time To Read Reader Strategy published outlining the shared ambitions of all 21 Time To Read members.
Time To Read leads on the North West delivery of Celebrating Shakespeare, a national project funded by Arts Council England ensuring every library in the UK has access to resources to help celebrate Shakespeare.