10/06/2020 - Permalink

Shropshire Libraries launch ‘Shropshire Summer Reads’

Related topics: Community / Coronavirus / Leisure, culture and heritage

Shropshire Libraries is challenging adults to join a countywide community of readers this summer and support local businesses in the process.

From Friday 12 June 2020, people signing up to the free ‘Shropshire Summer Reads’ challenge will be asked to read and rate four books of their choice over the summer.

Registering for the challenge is easy – just visit Shropshire Libraries’ website to find a simple joining form. Completed entries will be entered in a prize draw for book vouchers, kindly funded by library Friends groups and redeemable at independent book shops across Shropshire.

Mirka Duxberry, Library Development Manager at Shropshire Council, said:-

“Although there may be restrictions on visiting your local library for some time to come, nothing can take away the pleasure of relaxing with a good book and sharing that enjoyment with others. It’s up to you which books you read – we suggest you choose from your own shelves, download titles from our e-book and e-audio library, or come and borrow again when we reopen. The challenge runs until 12 September 2020, so there’s plenty of time for everyone to take part.”

Planning is currently underway for a carefully phased reopening of libraries across the county from 4 July 2020, Government guidance permitting. In the meantime, it’s free to download books and audiobooks from Shropshire Libraries’ popular e-library. Great reading tips, reviews and recommendations are regularly featured on the Shropshire Libraries Reading Group page and local branch pages on Facebook.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:-

“Despite the lockdown, we have seen people continue to engage with our libraries via our E-Library which has been wonderful to see.

“Like many others, I’ve been reading a lot more during lockdown and have finally been able to tick some books off my ‘to read’ list! It’s been great to see others doing the same, too.

“Wherever you are in Shropshire, why not celebrate the feel good power of a great read this summer? Sign up for the library challenge and take your place in a very local community of readers as Shropshire gets reading! I’ll be signing up too!

“And as you turn the pages, you’ll have the added pleasure of showing your support for independent booksellers on our high streets as the county recovers from the pandemic.”

For more information about the Shropshire Summer Reads challenge, email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk or call 01743-255031


Useful Links

https://shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-from-home/shropshire-summer-reads/ https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/