To celebrate National Libraries Day on 9 February, independent charity The Reading Agency today unveils an ambitious 2013 programme of author events, reading promotions and reading group initiatives in libraries.
The Reading Agency's unique role in connecting the UK public library network to 40 publishers aims to bring imaginative new reading experiences to library users in every kind of community.
The charity is harnessing authors' and illustrators' support for libraries in different ways. There will be a social media campaign on National Library Day with authors tweeting mini love letters to libraries. They include Stephen Fry, Jacqueline Wilson, Andy McNab, Peter James, Malorie Blackman, Steve Cole, Ahdaf Souief, Anita Anand, Adele Parks, Sathnam Sanghera, Ann Cleeves, Melissa Benn and Tom Holland. Other authors will attend major library events in 2013, including Paul McKenna in Islington Library this month, Kate Atkinson in Glasgow and Edinburgh libraries and S.J. Bolton in Peterborough in April.
Award winning artist Chris Riddell will delight the 750,000 children taking part in libraries' 2013 Summer Reading Challenge. The Reading Agency announces today that he is the chosen illustrator for the Challenge's Creepy House spine tingling new theme. Now in its 15th year, the Challenge is the UK's biggest reading for pleasure programme for children and is delivered by The Reading Agency through a partnership with libraries across the country.
Publishers enrich libraries' offer to the public
The Reading Agency's publisher partnerships will result in a rich array of opportunities for library users in 2013. Ladybird will be on the road with Ladybird Live - a series of storytelling events for pre-school children and their parents and a Faber Fiction Book of the Month promotion will be rolled out to 200 libraries introducing readers to new and established talent. Author Salley Vickers will embark on a UK Cathedral tour organised with local libraries and in partnership with Pan Macmillan award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves is equipping 260 public libraries with everything they need to hold spine-chilling murder mystery nights for readers, based on the top author's novel The Glass Room. Bristol library service will be mobilising the entire city to read The Universe vs Alex Wood with 1000 copies being given out this spring as part of the Bristol City Read.
Library promotions include a treasure-hunt competition to mark the publication of Itch by Simon Mayo. Curious Fox are celebrating The Diamond Thief, by offering free copies and the chance to win a iPad mini
Join in the National Library Day social media campaign
The Reading Agency is asking everyone to lend their support to libraries on National Library Day by writing 'mini-love letters' on Twitter using #lovelibraries. And there is an opportunity to add a Love Libraries twibbon to facebook and twitter profiles.
Miranda McKearney OBE, Director of The Reading Agency, says: "The Reading Agency is a passionate supporter of the way libraries and librarians empower everyone to become readers. The vibrant mix of events, reading initiatives and live tours we're announcing today, along with the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge theme, show how libraries are community powerhouses for reading. That role is irreplaceable; we must not put it at risk."
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Notes to Editors
- The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to give everyone an equal chance in life, by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services.
- Summer Reading Challenge: in the past ten years over 6 million children have taken part in this challenge to read six books of their choice from their local library over the Summer holiday. 90% feel more confident about reading after taking part.