Take on the Reading Passport challenge

Libraries across the South West are once again launching the Reading Passport challenge, this year on the theme of time-travel.

Starting in November the Reading Passport challenge will be in all Somerset Libraries. ‘Book to the Future’ will see readers time-travel through a selection of the most iconic authors of the past 100 years and it also includes a selection of the top new writers to look out for in the decade to come.

Readers are encouraged to explore the treasures contained in their local libraries and collect their passport stamp as they complete each book. Anyone who completes and returns their full ‘Book to the Future’ journey by collecting a stamp for each decade will be entered into a draw to win a suitcase full of books to keep them busy on their travels for the next 100 years.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “The Reading Passport challenge presents the finest and most iconic reads from a century of publishing with each decade from 1920 to 2010 being represented by our best loved and most intriguing authors whose work has helped to define that decade. I urge people to get involved in this exciting challenge and discover what our local libraries have to offer.
“This year we will once again be asking our readers to let us know what they think of their reads on the Reading Passport website and we will publish as many book reviews as we can. Plus we will publish the public’s choice of their own favourites over the past 100 years of writing.”

The Reading Passport ‘Book to the Future’ is a partnership project funded by the South West Regional Library Services (SWRLS) which represents public and specialist libraries around the area and Literature Works, the literature development agency. Now in its fifth year the Reading Passport, a passport-sized booklet featuring suggested reading lists, continues to offer a fun way to explore the fantastic resource our libraries offer for reading for pleasure.

Jackie Chelin, Chair of SWRLS said: “The SWRLS funded Reading Passport project is one of the largest reading schemes in the South West and one which all the libraries can take part in. It’s a great way for SWRLS members to work together across the whole area, ensuring our libraries can benefit from local and community networking and the services we offer to support them.”

With 30,000 print copies and a website packing in more information, views and reviews, Reading Passport: Book to the Future will reach the libraries of the 17 public library authorities in the region as well as 36 academic and specialist libraries in the South West involved in the scheme, reaching a library membership of over 4 million library users.

For more information about how to join SWRLS please contact director@swrls.org.uk and for more information about the Reading Passport please contact projects@literatureworks.org.uk.