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Make Reading Your Goal

13 February 2013

Southend United team up with Southend Libraries

Southend Libraries are teaming up with Southend United Football Club to promote a free reading scheme for adults, called the Six Book Challenge.

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. The idea is to get people back into the habit of enjoying reading with ideas and support from library staff.

On Thursday 21st February 2013 from 4.00- 5.00pm at the Central Library, both of Southend United’s mascots, Elvis J Eel and Sammy the Shrimp, will be helping staff to publicise this free scheme. This is a free, drop-in event. Everyone is welcome. 

Blues fans are invited to come along to find out more. Anyone registering receives a Challenge Welcome Pack and can take their own photo with the Blues mascots. Libraries are running a Challenge free prize draw, with a chance to win six Quick Reads books, including a copy of “Tackling Life” by footballer Charlie Oatway. This true story tells how Charlie faced up to his problems with reading and writing and shows that anyone can be inspired and educated through the power of football. 

Simon Wallace, Community and Diversity Manager for Southend Libraries said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the football club, who are already promoting reading and books in the town’s schools and communities”. 

He added: “It’s a fantastically simple scheme and it really can turn things around for learners. The Challenge can provide a real confidence boost to people’s reading skills and also be really enjoyable at the same time.” So far 230 people have registered for the Challenge, and with the support of Southend United, we aim to help even more people in the Borough back into reading”. 

Ben Duncan from Southend United Community & Educational Trust said: “The club are really looking forward to teaming up with the library service to promote the Six Book Challenge to our fans. Players and club staff are keen supporters of this reading scheme and to spread the word about the Challenge, we will be advertising details in Blues match day programmes”.      

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