Encouraging reading in Cornwall
Have you read 6 books or less in the last 6 months? Could you read 6 books in 5 months? Cornwall Council’s Library Service and Cornwall College are joining together to encourage reluctant readers across Cornwall to take part in this year’s Six Book Challenge.
From now until the end of June, the Library Service and Cornwall College are inviting adults across the county to read a mixture of books, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels or pieces online – anything they enjoy. Anything they read is recorded in a diary and they receive a small incentive for each one. Those who finish the Challenge before June are given a certificate and entered into both a local and national prize draw for a chance to win a weekend in London and an eBook reader.
Learning Centre staff at Cornwall College, St Austell have been running the Challenge since its launch in 2008. This year Cornwall College and Cornwall Libraries want to offer the Challenge across the county.
Kay Ecclestone, Learning Centre Manager at St Austell, said, “There has always been a national draw, but we wanted to offer a local incentive open to anyone living in Cornwall who completes the Challenge with us.”
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Staff at libraries throughout Cornwall will be on hand to provide help and advice to anyone interested in taking up the challenge and give them the confidence they need to start their reading journey.
Merryn Kent, Reader Services Officer at Cornwall Council says, “I am really pleased to be working with Cornwall College. We want people to develop a new reading habit. If you think you won’t enjoy reading or that you don’t have the time, give the Six Book Challenge a try. Everything changes when we read.”
Leading celebrity support for the Six Book Challenge nationally is bestselling novelist and former SAS soldier Andy McNab, in his role as 2013 Challenge ambassador. Andy is hoping the 2013 Challenge will beat last year’s record-breaking results when over 23 500 people took part.
Andy McNab says: “I’m a perfect example of how reading can change your life. I had the reading age of an 11 year old when I was 17 and I only became a confident reader when I joined the Army. But once I started I couldn’t stop – and that’s what the Six Book Challenge is all about.”
For more information about the challenge either pop into your local library or contact Cornwall Library Service on 0300 1234 111. Cornwall College staff and students should contact their Learning Centres.