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Blues help with Six Book Challenge

26 February 2013

Cresswell and Chambers go along to support the Six Book Challenge

Libraries teamed up with Southend United Football Club on Thursday 21st February, as Club mascots and players visited the town’s Central Library to promote the Six Book Challenge, a free scheme aimed at adults looking to re-discover reading.  (

Club mascots Elvis J Eel and Sammy the Shrimp were supported by players Ryan Cresswell and Luke Chambers as library visitors enjoyed the chance to have their photos taken with the players and mascots, and receive autographed bookmarks and free Quick Reads books.

The drop-in event was the latest show of support by Wembley-bound Southend United Football Club, which is backing the Six Book Challenge across the borough. The aim is to get people to re-discover the reading habit with the help of library staff. 

The Six Book Challenge is led by the national charity, The Reading Agency (TRA), and invites adult learners to choose any six reads (books, graphic novels, Manga, websites, magazines or e-books) and record their reading in a diary to receive a certificate at an official awards event. Anyone wanting to sign up the free Six Book Challenge can ask at their nearest library. 

Simon Wallace, Community and Diversity Manager for Southend Libraries said: “The partnership with the football club is brilliant.  The Club are already working in the community and local schools to promote the benefits of reading, so it’s a perfect match. Over 250 people have already registered for the scheme from across Southend.”

Ben Duncan, Participation Officer at Southend United Community & Educational Trust said:  “The club and players are really keen to promote the Six Book Challenge to our fans. We’d encourage any Blues supporters to make reading their goal and give it a go! It really can open a whole new world of experiences and enjoyment.” He added: “The Club is also spreading the word about the Challenge with sign-up information in our match day programmes.”  

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