Get reading: new library initiative challenges residents to 20 million words

03 June 2016

Libraries are calling on local residents to get behind its inaugural ‘Get Reading’ initiative, in a bid to read 20 million words in one week.

About Get Reading

Get Reading will run from Saturday 4 June until Sunday 12 June, and is chance for local residents of all ages to join in on the county-wide challenge to collectively read a total of 20 million words within the week.

Get Reading Programme Coordinator Jacqui Hughes said the campaign, which sits alongside the Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) 2020 initiatives, was designed to bring together the whole community in a celebration of all things reading.

“Get Reading is a week-long campaign to encourage people to share their passion for reading or to try something new, and is generally about bringing everyone together in a county-wide challenge,” she said.

“Whether you read alone to relax or unwind, as a family, through a book club or even on your commute home – we are calling on everyone to log all of their reading efforts online so we can reach our total of 20 million words during the week.

“It doesn’t just have to be books either – it can be your morning newspaper, a magazine or textbook for school or an online article.”

How to get involved

Ms Hughes said it couldn’t be easier to get involved or to log your reading online.

“There’s no need to count each word – simply log on to our website, register and add in your books or publications read. We’ll do the rest!

“There will also be a range of free events and activities at various local libraries throughout the week so there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.”

The online portal can be found on the NCC Get Reading page, which will be open for contributions from Saturday 4 June.

Libraries are now delivered by First for Wellbeing. Launched in April 2016, First for Wellbeing provides a holistic – and integrated – approach to health and wellbeing, offering a range of free services to Northamptonshire residents.

For more information visit the Get Reading webpage.


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