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Time 4 Reading

This year we are running a campaign to celebrate and promote reading.  The campaign will involve libraries, schools and local businesses to encourage local residents of all ages to make time for reading.

We are doing this because good literacy skills are key to success throughout life including relationships, education and employment. Reading helps us to understand the world and helps maintain our mental health and wellbeing. We know that young children who enjoy reading independently will have had the door opened to new discoveries and wide interests, to knowledge, creativity, and confidence. Reading is the critical route to other subjects as well as a provider of wider opportunities for giving more and getting more from life and work. Research has also shown that keeping mentally active by reading books helps protect the brain in old age, so reading is essential to all aspects of life

Events will be held throughout the year including special story-time sessions at your local library and author events for all ages, special book promotions and ideas to help you get into reading so you can be sure there will be something to suit everyone.

In your libraries

Throughout the year libraries will be hosting a range of events to promote reading, look out for events at your local library. The library service has a catalogue of over 1 million items on its catalogue – something for everyone.

Book groups

If you enjoy reading then why not get together with friends and form a book group, libraries can support with advice and books for your members.

Read to your child

Reading to your child is essential to their development as this video shows. Libraries offer huge support to get children reading library services for children and young people. Find out details of activities at your local library.


In June we will be launching the Time4Reading Schools Award Scheme, this is a reading award scheme for all primary and secondary schools in South Gloucestershire. The aim of the scheme is to promote the enjoyment of reading across school communities. To sign your school up or for more information please contact

Recommended reads

We have created book lists of recommended reads for all ages. Simply download the relevant list for you and click on the book to take you to the item and reserve. There is no charge for reserving children’s books.

We have book lists for children and young people aged 5-7, 8-11, 12-14 and 15-17. There is also a recommended book list for adults.

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