Libraries launch Adult Summer Reading Challenge

The annual Oxfordshire Challenge running from 11 July – 12 September aims to encourage adults not simply to read more books throughout the summer, but also to inspire them to read a wider range.

A number of book-related events will be happening in some of Oxfordshire County Council’s libraries. There will be “Great British Book Off” events which are opportunities to share your favourite reads or hear others’ recommendations over nibbles and drinks, in small groups.

Author talks

There will be author talks by Clare Mackintosh, an upcoming author with local connections. Clare’s debut book “I Let You Go” has been named by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as a “Richard and Judy” must-read for this summer.

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, the council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: “I’m delighted that the acclaimed author Clare Mackintosh is supporting our Summer Reading Challenge for Adults.

“We’re keen to encourage people to read more and our Summer Challenge is a fun way of doing this as well as an opportunity for people to meet new people.  There are some prizes on offer for those who get involved. I encourage people to get involved in the challenge and share which books they love.”

Great British Book Off events are being held at:

  • Oxford Central Library on Tuesday 4 August at 3pm
  • Wantage Library on Thursday 6 August at 10.30am
  • Cowley Library on Monday 10 August at 2.30pm
  • Banbury Library on Wednesday 19 August at 3pm
  • Bicester Library on Thursday 20 August at 2.30pm  
  • Didcot Library on Thursday 3 September at 3pm
  • Wallingford Library on Friday 4 September at 11:00am       
  • Abingdon Library on Tuesday 8 September at 3pm.

Clare Mackintosh will be at the following events:

  • Carterton Library on Tuesday 14 July at 5:30pm
  • Oxford Central Library on Saturday 25 July at 3pm
  • Thame Library on Saturday 22 August at 11:00am.

The events are free, just contact the library for a ticket.

People are being offered the chance to submit reviews of books they have read, recommend titles for other people to read or set their own personal reading challenge.

Everyone who completes and returns a postcard will be entered into a countywide prize draw for a day out (prizes kindly donated by local organisations).

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