Reading Passport 2016 has come to an end and we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the reason why we run the project – the wonderful libraries of the South West. Over the past five months your lovely libraries have been promoting the reading passport in an array of displays and have been on hand with recommendations for the ten decades featured in the passport to keep you reading on through a long winter.
We hope you’ll agree that reading the decades as so many of you have been with Book to the Future this year really has provided you with a passport to new worlds. Whether you’ve rediscovered an old favourite, discovered a classic writer for the first time or found some entirely new literature to engage with, we hope you’ve had as much fun reading the decades as we have had creating the content for the online passport to accompany it.
There have been lots of wonderful events to accompany the Passport this year: from Petroc and Barnstaple Libraries’ first ever author event (Jem Lester), to an innovative theatrical exploration of the decades thanks to Scary Little Girls in Cornish libraries. There are still events forthcoming including a Reading Passport inspired Poetry Slam and a Reading Matters event, meaning there’s still plenty for you to get involved with.
Also in response to her popularity in the Passport, Literature Works have booked Future Voices writer Irenosen Okojie for the inaugural Plymouth Festival of Words so the Passport’s legacy lives on. Find out how to book tickets here. We hope to see you there.
We’d also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in the project. With particular thanks to
- The South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS)
- All the libraries who’ve taken part in the project – thanks for your hard work promoting and celebrating the Reading Passport
- All the writers and publishers who are featured in the passport
- All the wonderful library-goers who’ve participated by reading the decades
Literature Works #loveslibraries
Now that the project has come to a close, you have until your library closes today 31st March 2017 to get your completed Reading Passports with ten stamps, one for every decade to your local South West library to be entered in to our prize draw for the chance to win a suitcase full of books. This suitcase will feature books from the publishers featured in the passport and it will be presented to the winner, who will be announced on Friday 28th April 2017.
We hope you’ve enjoyed going Book to the Future with us! A huge thank you to everyone involved.
Look out for the latest on what’s next for the project on the website.
~ The team at Reading Passport HQ