A new Lancashire-wide project has been launched in libraries to support adult literacy.
The Sharing Stories project aims to encourage people to enjoy literature through books, eBooks or activities.
The project is funded by Better World Books, an online seller of new and used books. The organisation donates some of its profits to literacy programmes across the world.
The Better World Books Literacy Grant of £10,000 will enable people who are struggling with literacy to be helped. Libraries staff will work with many adult groups across the county to provide opportunities to make improving literacy fun.
Activities will include family storytime sessions, audiobooks awareness, supporting English as a second language and shared reading with adults with a learning disability.
All Lancashire libraries will be taking part in the Sharing Stories project. As part of this, Listen to a Book open days have started this week to give people the opportunity to find out more about the various audiobooks that are available as CDs, Playaways and downloadable eBooks.
The Listen to a Book campaign will run until the end of December. Open day sessions that form part of this campaign will take place as follows:
Longton Library Monday 8 October to Wednesday 17 October – all day
Garstang Library Tuesday 9 October at 3pm and Thursday 11 October at 5.30pm
Eccleston Library Thursday 11 October from 2 pm to 4pm
Haslingden Library Thursday 11 October from 10am to12noon
Whalley Library Friday 12 October – all day
Morecambe Library Friday 12th October from 10am to 2pm
Padiham Library Friday 12th October from10am to 12noon and from 2pm to 4pm
Chorley Library Saturday 13 October from 10am to 2pm
Oswaldtwistle Library Monday 15 October – all day
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I think that this is a superb project. It will enable us to develop adult literacy, reading and a love of stories by working with a variety of different groups, including adults with a learning disability, adults who have English as a second language and adults who struggle with low literacy.
“Unfortunately, across Lancashire, there are some people who struggle with literacy and reading. In turn, this has a direct effect on children’s literacy. Any project that helps us to tackle this has got to be welcomed. The events will provide a series of open and welcoming opportunities in a safe environment where literacy is fun, there are no mistakes only learning, and support is always available. Hopefully this should give people the confidence to take part, using audio and e-books, if they prefer.
“The Listen to a Book open days have started this week. People can listen to these books anywhere and everywhere and they provide a great way to enjoy stories. These are certainly a handy way to read and could be more appealing for some than a physical book is. The sessions will provide a good opportunity to get started.
“The grants are provided to support projects that have the longest-lasting impact in their library or community. I’d like to acknowledge the excellent work of our libraries staff in achieving this funding, and the way that it will benefit people.”
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.
To find out more about the Listen to a Book open days visit: bit.ly/listenevents
More information about Better World Books is available at: www.betterworldbooks.com