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    1. 1. Sandeep Mahal Partnerships Project Manager The Reading Agency ‘ Inspiring more people to read more’
    2. 2. The Reading Agency <ul><li>5 years of growth and development </li></ul><ul><li>Joint workplan with Society of Chief Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Research and New Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>National Reading Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Partnerships </li></ul>
    3. 3. The modern reading service <ul><li>Book lending plus … lively, participative reading offer </li></ul><ul><li>Active help with book choice – staff, promotions, other readers </li></ul><ul><li>Social reading experiences : events and activities, challenges, author visits, readers days, toddler sessions, festivals… </li></ul><ul><li>New formats - e-books, MP3s, reading websites, listening posts, manga… </li></ul><ul><li>Segmented offers for target groups , e.g. reading for pleasure support for basic skills learners; toddler sessions for early years; youth offer </li></ul><ul><li>Active outreach : housebound etc </li></ul>
    4. 4. 2008 Year of Reading Opportunities for Libraries <ul><li>Consolidating and promoting the modern reading service </li></ul><ul><li>Boosting membership, active borrowing and issues </li></ul><ul><li>Technological changes and shifts in media attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Political visibility </li></ul><ul><li>New and stronger partnerships </li></ul>
    5. 5. New Thinking <ul><li>New Thinking Publications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Engagement through Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young People, Reading and Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A passion for Reading – where does it fit into Skills for Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research into BME readers, buying, borrowing and reading habits. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Available on CD or in printed format from the Reading Agency shop at </li></ul>
    6. 6. National Reading Programmes for Adults <ul><li>The Vital Link – O nline searchable database of book titles for emergent adult readers </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Six Book Challenge in association with Costa Book Awards. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>68% of library services taking part </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>81% of learning providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation - on average 30 adult learners signed up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SBC 2009 – Order deadline 3 rd Oct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training – 1 day courses on 1 st and 7 th Oct </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. National Reading Programmes for Adults <ul><li>Reading Groups – introducing the benefits of reading groups to readers who haven’t previously got involved and to support the reading groups that are already established. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Volunteers with Reading Groups training 1 day course, 16 th October, Central London </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Big Book Share - Families with a parent in prison supporting their children’s reading. Runs in 21 prisons across UK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Book Share training, 13 th Oct, York Library, </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Reading Partners
    9. 9. What publishers are saying… <ul><li>“ Publishers are waking up to the strategic importance of the library service, and the role it can play with reading. Statistics help the more commercially hard headed see that this is a genuine route to the market – eg 22% of borrowers have liked a book so much that they’ve bought it, 70% of the heaviest books buyers have a library card ” </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Page, CEO, Faber </li></ul>
    10. 10. Resources <ul><li> /calendar/ </li></ul><ul><li>Online Rolling Calendar - Over 150 offers for libraries, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authors: Kenneth Steven, Tessa Hadley, James Hawes and Anna Jacobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proofs for Reading Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More Readers, Reading More book </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Library Rep for Wales </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    11. 11. NYR Events Toolkit <ul><li>This toolkit provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas for a variety of models of events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice on how to devise own event model, based on the audience your working with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips on how to give authors and publishers what they want from the event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas about how to involve your community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips on how to make sure YOU get what you want from the author and publisher </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Experiment with different models <ul><li> /adults/reading-partners/ </li></ul><ul><li>On getting published </li></ul><ul><li>Genre Panel </li></ul><ul><li>Online Chat – Random House </li></ul><ul><li>Debate around a theme - Richmond </li></ul><ul><li>Tour authors across authorities – WM / NW </li></ul><ul><li>Readers Day – Orange Prize in Liverpool </li></ul><ul><li>Author to choose their top 10 books </li></ul>
    13. 13. Recent Reading Partners Activity <ul><li>Owen Sheers Resistance (Faber) </li></ul><ul><li>Sean Dixon Proofs (HarperCollins) </li></ul><ul><li>William Broderick Proofs (Little Brown) </li></ul><ul><li>Author events with Phil Beadle, Jojo Moyes, Barbara Erskine, Peter Robinson and Jeffery Deaver </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Terry Pratchett Promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Faber’s 80 th Anniversary </li></ul><ul><li>HMB partnership with Rugby clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Ryan and Lindsey Davies author tour </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>I don’t normally read, but after today I will join [the library] and borrow Bali Rai’s books. Ezzah Bukhari, student, under 19 </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve never seen anything like it. People were coming in all the time. There must have been 300 people there… John, Newham Bookshop </li></ul><ul><li>I can honestly say that I have never been to such an incredible event. It was an almost evangelical experience. And the scrum and queue for the book signing was like that of an A list celebrity. Anjali Das, Newham Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>I feel confident that the event did a huge amount to reach out to readers who would never normally go to a library event, and so helped us raise the profile of the library service. Eleni Fostiropoulos, Publicity Manager, Hodder & Stoughton </li></ul>What people said…
    15. 15. Further Information Bethan Hughes Reading Partners Library Rep [email_address] [email_address] DD:0871 223 2042 Mob: 07967 038776