This Reading Business

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We know that reading and libraries make an impact on people's lives in all sorts of ways.

Our last promotion focussed on the health impact that reading can have. Reading has a measurable impact on people's mood and mental health. We are now turning our attention to work and the very tangible economic impact reading can have on individuals and communities.

By promoting the theme of work and business as represented in books, we hope to link different aspects of library services and promote their core offers of reading, information and digital services.

What we want to do


We are going to promote a wide range of books e.g

. • Fiction set strongly in workplaces

• Narrative non-fiction describing working lives

• NF Books about careers, job-seeking , business, entrepreneurship

• Autobiographies s of inspirational business people

Other Library Services

We will promote information services and appropriate activities which happen in libraries e.g. job clubs, job-seeking skills, support with literacy.

This will build on lots of work public libraries are already engaged in. Some library authorities do far more than others.


We already have a strong track record of hosting authors in libraries and find this is a good way of encouraging people into library buildings. We will invite authors of books and inspirational business people into our libraries to talk to audiences e.g. inspirational business people who have written autobiographies and “life-stories” as well as authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction which is strongly set in workplaces.

If you have an inspirational story to tell please let us know

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. 21 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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