Take Merton's Six Book Challenge

Get reading to improve your literacy skills

Merton Libraries are calling on adults living in the borough to get reading as part of this year's Six Book Challenge to improve their literacy skills.

Renowned writer Martina Cole is leading the Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge 2014, launched this month. Anyone over the age of 16 who wants to improve their literacy skills can take part by registering at one of Merton’s seven libraries and reading six books by June.

Thousands of adult readers across Britain are expected take up the challenge. People who sign up can read any library book they wish, including quick read books that help adults who are not confident readers, or whose first language isn't English, to develop a habit of reading and help with improving literacy skills.

Completers of the challenge will be invited to an awards ceremony and presented with official certificates that will be signed by Martina Cole in her role as challenge ambassador.

Cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: "The Six Book Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for people who aren’t confident readers to develop a love for books and make reading a life long hobby.

"If you’d like to get reading and would like some support to do so, visit your local Merton library where they will sign you up and get you started. This is a great example of how our award-winning libraries are supporting people who want to improve their literacy."

For more information about your local library and events taking place during the Six Book Challenge, visit www.merton.gov.uk/libraries.

January 17, 2014