New cam­paign at li­braries to get us all read­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture has launched a new cam­paign to en­cour­age more peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to get read­ing.

The Read The Past Imag­ine the Fu­ture cam­paign, sup­ported by the Scot­tish Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Coun­cil, will be live in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang, Cathkin and Half­way li­braries un­til De­cem­ber 3.

The ini­tia­tive was launched by La­nark­shire-based Ethyl Smith, au­thor of the novel Changed Times, at Low Parks Mu­seum in Hamil­ton.

Read the Past Imag­ine the Fu­ture aims to raise aware­ness among peo­ple of all ages to dis­cover what their lo­cal li­brary of­fers, in­clud­ing book lend­ing, com­put­ers and IT fa­cil­i­ties, e-books, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines, au­thor events, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, read­ing groups, lo­cal and fam­ily his­tory re­sources and em­ploy­ment sup­port. It also aims to en­cour­age read­ing through­out com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land and to widen knowl­edge of lo­cal and na­tional his­tory.

The seven month Scot­tish na­tional read­ing pro­mo­tion will in­clude fic­tion, non-fic­tion and will cel­e­brate Scot­land’s rich her­itage, his­tory and cul­ture of writ­ing and read­ing. Stock will in­clude lo­cal and na­tional his­tory and lo­cal au­thors as well as stock that fo­cuses on Scot­tish her­itage and de­picts im­ages and ideas of the fu­ture.

Li­brary users can also en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to win a £50 book to­ken by sub­mit­ting a book re­view, either to their lo­cal li­brary or on Twit­ter us­ing the hash­tag #ReaDis­cover16 and in­clud­ing @ south­la­nark­shire­li­braries in the tweet. More de­tails are avail­able in lo­cal li­braries or at www. slleisure­and­cul­ture.co.uk.

Gerry Camp­bell, gen­eral man­ager of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture said: “With this cam­paign, we want to in­spire peo­ple to visit their lo­cal li­brary and pick up a new book and en­joy read­ing for the plea­sure it brings. It’s amaz­ing how much books and read­ing can teach you and open up your imag­i­na­tion.

“Mod­ern li­braries of­fer some­thing for peo­ple of all ages.”

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