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26 February 2021

Partnership form Reading Well collections

This form is intended for completion by libraries that have lent out Reading Well book collections to local partners. These partners may include schools, community hubs, prison library services, workplaces or other relevant community organisations.

24 February 2020

Reading Ahead evaluation report 2018-19

Please use and share our evaluation report to demonstrate the impact of the programme.

02 December 2019

Making Reading Ahead work for prisoners with ESOL

This four-page leaflet draws together the findings, practical tips and creative tools from our three-year project to support prisoners with ESOL funded by The Bell Foundation. Please scroll down this resources page to find other downloadable items.

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers - executive summary

A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the...

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers

A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...

10 April 2017

Reading Well - library case study template

A template to support local library authorities to develop and share case studies for promotion, advocacy and best practice sharing purposes.

14 April 2016

Commissioning guidelines - Reading Well for young people

This document provides information about Reading Well for young people for health commissioners. It includes case studies showing how libraries can work with public health to deliver the scheme.

13 January 2016

Case Study: Cambridgeshire Adult Learning and Skills; Family Learning

Pulling a book group together from our target client group proved unexpectedly challenging. After several attempts, we began with a group of four women. The book group members are parents, unemployed and have an educational attainment level at approximately Level...

23 September 2015

Case study - St George's RC School, Coventry

A Chatterbooks group was set up in St Gregory’s RC School in Coventry, to encourage children who were struggling with reading, and the results were positive not only in terms of reading attitudes but in improving confidence levels.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks in South Tyneside

A Chatterbooks group called Reading Champions has been set up in Central Library, South Shields, South Tyneside. The group is made up of a group of twelve children from Marine Park school in South Shields who took part in the...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge and Children's University

Our partnership with The Children’s University means that children reading books for the Summer Reading Challenge are able to get their passports stamped at their local library and earn up to ten hours of Children’s University learning for completing the...

17 October 2014

A librarian's book recommendation gets James reading

James, 9, from Congelton in Cheshire, had never really been a reader; he was a typical boy who would rather play football. But in 2013 he heard about the Summer Reading Challenge at school. His mum, Katie, took him to...

17 October 2014

The Summer Reading Challenge gets children reading on the bus in East India

According to Vice Principal of KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar, East India, children no longer sleep on the bus, they read. And it’s all thanks to the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in countries all over the...

17 October 2014

3,500 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand

The British Council has been running the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand for the last 6 years and the children involved always look forward to it. This year was the biggest yet with almost 3,500 children from all over the...