Read for Just 6 Minutes- slowly!

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Jane Mathieson in Latest Libraries News

Slow Reading

Thank you to Helen of Cumbria Libraries for alerting the Time To Read network to the concept of Slow Reading, and the Slow Reading Clubs which are springing up world wide.

The movement began in Wellington, New Zealand when Meg Williams (pictured) woman in yoga position reading realised that despite growing up as an avid reader, she hadn't read a book from cover to cover in over a year.

"I was too busy at work, too tired at the end of the day, or distracted by my email, Facebook and Twitter feeds when I had down time," she says. "So I started setting aside times to switch off my phone and read a book. It took a while to get back into the swing of things - possibly because we are so digitally distracted these days - but once I'd made a commitment to it, I felt more relaxed and loved the escapism I got from reading again."

You can read more from Meg here

Meg’s concerns are ones which I absolutely share. I used to blame TV for not reading enough. Now I blame TV, Facebook, Twitter, online scrabble games and general internet browsing. And then I go to bed to escape and read - and fall asleep! I’m now trying really hard on a couple of evenings a week to keep everything switched off and pick up a book instead.

Time To Read is running a campaign about squeezing 6 Minutes reading into busy lives because it will make us feel better. It does this by focusing our thoughts, taking us away from distractions and helping us enter another state of mind. Watch our video about the research here.

Of course we want people to realise the benefit of Just 6 Minutes reading and make efforts to find time for much more than 6 Minutes. The Slow Reading movement is picking up on this and seems to be rapidly gaining momentum. A quick trawl of @slowreadingnz twitter feeds throws up a club just started in London’s Notting Hill and plenty of interest from other parts of New Zealand as well as the USA. Info graphic of Canadian reading statistics We already know that Canada’s National Reading Campaign is aware of the Just 6 Minutes message. @cbcbooks and they have created this infographic.

Slow reading is not about reading at a snail's pace, but about slowing down the pace of life to take pleasure in reading - instead of rushing to the finish line, skimming text and missing large blocks as we do when reading text online.

Ten great tips for how to develop your own slow reading here

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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