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Reading Ahead with Southend Libraries

Thursday, 16th January 2020

Reading Ahead with Southend Libraries 

Southend Libraries in association with the Reading Agency are pleased to support the Reading Ahead programme for 2020. One in six people struggles to read. Reading Ahead supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.

Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a personal reading diary. After completing their diary they receive a certificate and can enter a national prize draw!

The programme isn't just about books - it's about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The aim is that participants challenge themselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process. Since launching in 2008 Reading Ahead has reached well over 300,000 people. In 2017-18 Reading Ahead reached 38,500 young people and adults - 6,500 through public libraries working with local partners, 18,500 in adult learning organisations, in particular further education and sixth form colleges, 12,000 in prisons and 1500 in workplaces, mainly led by trade unions such as UNISON and Usdaw.

It’s free to take part, any anyone can join in. For more information or to find out how to join, contact






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