Last week we were very proud to attend an event honouring organisations who have taken part in the national Six Book Challenge this year. The challenge was launched in 2008 by The Reading Agency, as “a simple but powerful way to encourage less confident readers to develop a new reading habit. Participants … are invited to pick six reads of their choice and record their reading in a diary in order to receive a certificate”.
Westminster Libraries had 142 ‘completers’ in the challenge this year, winning a Silver Medal and coming in fifth place overall from a total of 45 organisations.
Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock MP attended the event alongside writers Andy McNab and Adele Parks and said
“I welcome The Reading Agency’s campaign which is not only helping people to learn to read, it’s also giving them a desire to read. By improving the literacy and numeracy skills of the nation, we can transform people’s prospects, create a more highly skilled workforce and boost economic growth.”
Adele Parks said:
“I’ve met hundreds of emergent adult readers in libraries, workplaces and in learning centres during my time as Ambassador for the Six Book Challenge and I’ve found the experience extremely humbling. It’s been a pleasure watching people discover reading for the first time and I’ve encountered a lot of under-confident and disadvantaged people who, by improving their reading skills, have drastically improved their opportunities in life.”
Andy McNab said:
“I’m looking forward to supporting the Six Book Challenge during 2013. Reading changed my life and I’ve already seen that the Reading Agency’s scheme has done the same for other people. Let’s make sure that thousands more get the same chance to take charge of their own lives.”
Well done to everyone involved, not least our wonderful Six Book Challenge participants and completers!