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Adult Reading Challenge 2017

Reading Challenge Winners

THREE library customers have won cash prizes for completing Lincs Inspire adult reading challenge – a campaign launched to inspire more people to read and to encourage customers to read something new.

Jenny Curtis from Great Coates, and a member at Grimsby Library, won £25 for reading five books between October and December last year from a list of ‘challenges’ set by the library service. Second and third place winners are members at Immingham Library, Nicky Penny and Bernard Spall who won £15 and £10 respectively.

Local author Gordon Wilson drew the winners’ score cards out of a hat, which included the names of 152 people who completed the challenge.

Mrs Curtis was delighted with her win, “I’ve been a member here for about five years but my mum was a library assistant so I’ve been in and out of libraries all my life”, she said.

“I’ve always maintained my love of reading and libraries are a great place to learn and enjoy – reading for enjoyment is the key. The reading challenge was a great opportunity to try books that I would not otherwise read.” 

When asked what would be her advice to encourage others to develop a  love of reading, she added: “It can be hard to find time to read. People lead busy lives but try and set half an hour aside each day and choose your books wisely. Ask a librarian for help if you’re unsure.”

Mr Spall from Immingham was one of the oldest entrants into the draw, completing the challenge twice. He has rediscovered the love of reading, and liked the Quick Reads, finding new authors as a result of taking part in the challenge. He also attends the IT Taster sessions and is currently learning about Facebook!

Nicky Penny was also thrilled with her win being a regular library user, visiting every week without fail.  

Sandy Rawlings, development officer for Lincs Inspire Libraries, said: “We have been very pleased with the uptake and feedback. This has been our first adult reading challenge for a number of years and we wanted to entice new readers and encourage customers to extend their reading horizons  by asking them to choose books from a list of interesting, quirky and diverse challenges.

Many people get set in their ways, selecting the same type of genre or author, so this type of challenge encourages readers to try something new. 

Thank you to everyone who took part”.

Adult Reading Challenge Adult Reading Challenge

Welcome to our Adult Reading Challenge open to ages 16+. To take part you must be a member of Lincs Inspire Libraries (membership is free) and all you need to do is borrow and read five library books between Monday 9th October and Friday 22nd December from a selection of the challenges below. 

To enter the Adult Readers’ Prize Draw, simply pick up an Adult Reading Challenge ‘score card’ and record the books that you have read. When complete, hand it in to your local Lincs Inspire Library by Friday 22nd December and you will be entered into the draw, with the chance to win a cash prize of either £10, £15 or £25. 

Each participating Lincs Inspire Library – Grimsby, Waltham, Immingham and Cleethorpes, will have special book displays for the Challenges below to help you choose your books.

Good luck, enjoy your reading and perhaps even win a prize!
Prize results will be announced on 10th January 2018. 

Your challenge five books, each from a different challenge below

  • Read a book that you’ve read before but a long time ago 
  • Read a book that was once banned 
  • Read the first book in a series 
  • Read a book from our ‘Quick Read’ stand. 
  • Read a book by an author you’ve never read before 
  • Read a book that’s been made into a film or a TV series. 
  • Read a book set in your holiday destination
  • Read a book by an author from another country 
  • Read a book about the future – dystopian, utopian or realistic. 
  • Read a book with a red spine
  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a book that you consider a guilty pleasure

Good Luck

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