how do you connect your community with reading?

We talk a lot in our library service about connecting people in our community with reading, and this week quite a few great ideas were raised by staff.

  • add Recommended Reads labels to book and DVD spines because people like to read what others have read and enjoyed. The labels would make them easy to find on the shelves for customers and for adding to displays.
  • Taking reading to the nursing home residents (many of our staff have a great affinity with older people)
  • Partnering with a local art magazine by contributing reviews of library art-related books with reviews written by librarians
  • Promoting the add a review facility in our catalogue so people can share what they’re reading with others, with great incentives like books and awesome t-shirts.

I read about a great idea from two different sources this week.
The Victorians Love Libraries campaign and the Literacy Aotearoa Travelling Books project (LA via @SallyHeroes). We’re already registered on Bookcrossing, so could investigate doing something similar through there.

LA’s CEO Bronwyn Yates noted that ‘adult literacy is a major national issue’ (in New Zealand just as it is in Australia) and that ‘sharing the pleasure of reading books with others is hugely rewarding.’

What would be really useful in this country is a central collaborative project bank that library staff add to, gain inspiration from, and ultimately use to save time and duplication of effort, so that we can collectively make a huge difference. Have you seen the Love2Read Ideas Bank?

How are you connecting your community with reading?
How would you like to connect with your professional community to promote reading?

 

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