Tackle a book with Devon Libraries

Posted on: 21 September 2015

Devon County Council’s Library Service has joined forces with Gloucestershire Libraries and Literature Works, the literature development organisation for South West England, to promote libraries and reading for pleasure to rugby fans across the region during the World Cup.

Over 30,000 ‘Reading Passports’ and ‘Read XV’ books are available across the South West, and can be picked up from any one of Devon’s 50 libraries. Staff from Devon Libraries and Active Devon will also be handing out passports to rugby fans in the fanzone in Northernhay Gardens on Saturday 3 October. They can also be downloaded from the Literature Works website.

Now in its fourth year the Reading Passport project supports library membership and writers by offering an innovative and engaging way to encourage readers to explore a wider range of reading for pleasure. In Devon, Exeter Chiefs players have been taking supporting the campaign.

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This year’s programme is bigger than ever with free writers workshops with authors at libraries around the South West and extra resources on the website www.readingpassport.org.

The project is a partnership between the South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS), Literature Works and has received additional support from the Royal Literary Fund and Arts Council England. ‘Read XV’ is also supported by Arts Council England.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Devon Libraries, said:

“We are all enjoying the excitement of the Rugby World Cup, especially with Exeter hosting three matches.

“There are plenty of rugby related reads in this year’s passport to keep you busy in between matches, with autobiographies, historical reads and even a cookbook!

“I encourage everyone to visit the fanzone in Northernhay Gardens during the World Cup, and dont forget to pick up a copy of Read XV while you’re there.”

Paul Leivers, Chair of SWRLS said:

“SWRLS is delighted to once again be promoting the Reading Passport.  With increasing budget pressures for libraries in councils, universities, further education colleges and other sectors, it is vital to work together and share resources to benefit library users and extend the reach of services.  Involving all SWRLS’s members last year was a great success.  We are building on that for this year and with our rugby related theme hope to reach new audiences.  We are again grateful for the continuing support of Arts Council, England, Literature Works and the Royal Literary Fund.”

Tracey Guiry, CEO of Literature Works said:

“Literature Works supports creative writing and reading initiatives in the South West and the Reading Passport is a great example of what can be achieved when local agencies, local libraries and local writers work together.  This is a simple, fun offer to both support writers and to develop new readers and audiences for their work, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the online presence can grow the project’s reach.”

Twitter users can follow @readingpassport and #READXV.

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