A joint promotion between 22 library authorities in the North West, covering a population of 8 million people and including all Liverpool and Greater Manchester. The aim is to get people in the region reading and talking about one book. This would be in libraries but also with promotions being sought in other outlets e.g. train stations, Waterstones. This theme is modelled on the successful CityReads programme that started in London and will be on a similar scale. The aim for the title is for it to be “popular” with some tie in to the region.

GNWR logoTime To Read will provide:

· Potential space for display in over 300 libraries, with an active membership of one million.

· Social media (#GNWR hashtag) and email promotion by library authorities.

· In addition to the assistance of the library authorities, Time To Read has a budget of around £5000 to use as necessary.

We are looking for:

· Any format or type of book will be considered. We’re looking for one which will be likely to get popular interest which will get people talking and, ideally, reach beyond the traditional library readership.  Crime books are very popular but all others will be considered too, fiction or non-fiction. Some themes may be politically unacceptable by some library authorities and so will not be considered, but this will be decided on a case by case basis.

Ideally, we would like at least some copies for free for the various authorities. The more copies the better. We'd also appreciate point of sale material: dumpbin POS, bookmarks and posters, anything else. We're also looking for availability for one author visit per authority with an option to attend external outreach events.

Interested? Email timetoread@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk to chat more.

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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