What is ?
Time To Read
is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in NW England, working
together to promote reading.
region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and
Time To Read
grew out of training piloted by Opening the Book (link www.openingthebook.com) in 1996,
which encouraged 10 reading enthusiasts from different library
authorities to share ideas and develop new reader-centred promotions and
activities. This training inspired new
ways of thinking and the library staff involved
were determined to keep working together.
Over the next
few years the 10 “founders” were joined by other authorities and by 2002 the partnership included 19 authorities. At this stage a post was created to coordinate the network's activities.
The post is managed by the Society of Chief Librarians NW and co-ordinated by Ian Anstice.
To find out more, please read our Reader Strategy.
Read’s purpose is to develop the adult reading audience (16 years+) .
It does this by coordinating shared projects and promotions.
Practitioners share good practice and ideas with each other, face to face and via this website.
The role of the coordinator is also to source additional funding and partnerships and to advocate for North West Libraries' reading offer.
The Time To Read
network meets quarterly to share information. Guest speakers are invited occasionally e.g. publishers, reading
agencies, BBC. The team determines training needs, develops and endorses new
plans and shares information.