Swindon Borough Council’s library service has been given an award for supporting people to complete the Six Book Challenge for the second year in a row.
The Six Book Challenge, run by the Reading Agency, invites less confident readers to read six books and record it in a diary. Those taking part are supported with incentives and rewarded with a certificate and the chance to win prizes including book tokens, eReaders or an all-expenses paid night out in London.
The Reading Agency has once again awarded the Council’s library service a bronze award after more than half of the 130 people who took part completed the challenge.
Successful participants in Swindon were invited to receive their certificates back in the summer at a special award ceremony held at the Central Library with the Mayor handing out certificates.
Two lucky Swindon completers also won book tokens in a prize draw for local completers.
Swindon Libraries work closely with Swindon and New Colleges to help deliver the scheme which aims to get adults into reading.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Strategic Transport and Leisure, said: “I would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s Six Book Challenge and the Council’s library staff for once again working tirelessly to encourage people to take part.
“Initiatives like this challenge are a great way of promoting reading and encouraging people to pick up a book. The challenge will be running again next year and I hope we can get even more people to sign up.”