Fancy winning a suitcase full of books?

Posted by: Liz Theaker
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Sheffield's Central Library is one location you'll be able to pick up your Reading Passport. Picture by Stephen Richards.

With Sheffield Libraries’ Passport to Reading the world is your oyster

Sheffield Libraries’ new summer scheme is encouraging the city’s bookworms to go on holiday, from the sofa, for the Reading Passport Challenge.


Sheffielders young and old are being invited to read three books that link to three different countries - it could be any book as long as it has some sort of connection to a country in the world. All completed passports will be entered into a prize draw to win a suitcase full of books – you’ll never be short of a by-the-pool book again!


There is a whole range of books you could treat yourself to, from Indian cookbooks to USA travel guides. You could even learn a new language with a Spanish dictionary. The book doesn’t have to be from that country, it could be a story that’s based there, so the options are limitless.


Councillor Mary Lea, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and parks, said: “The Sheffield Libraries reading passport challenge is a fantastic way to broaden your horizons and experiences different cultures, without the stress and expense of a real long haul holiday.


“We are encouraging as many people to take part. All you have to do is pick up a reading passport from your local library, fill it in with the books you read, and hand it back in when you have read your three internationally-inspired reads.”


Readers are being encourages to share their reading experiences on Twitter with the hashtag #bookholiday, so they can meet their fellow book travellers online.


Sheffield’s Reading Passport Challenge’ starts on 1 July and will run until 30 September. Reading Passports may be collected from any council run library and a selection of volunteer run libraries. Eligible books may be borrowed from a library or online through the Sheffield eLibrary.


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