Would you like to encourage reading for pleasure in your library? Then the First Minister’s Reading Challenge can help. The national initiative promotes reading cultures in schools, libraries and community groups across Scotland. It also gives free access to resources like quizzes, treasure hunts and book club membership cards to encourage young people to engage with reading.

How you can get involved

All you need to do is register your library with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge to take advantage of all the free resources available online. Already hundreds of learning professionals across the country have signed up to the challenge. The Reading Challenge blog is full of inspiration too – giving you plenty of ideas to encourage young people to read for pleasure.

By registering you can order Reading Passports so the young people you work with can record and reflect on what they have been reading. It also gives you the chance to work with schools in your local area who have registered by hosting visits, providing book recommendations, lists and boxes.    

Submit your reading journey for a chance to celebrate

If you submit an entry to the Library Reading Culture Challenge showing how you’ve been encouraging young people to read for pleasure, you’ll receive a Party Pack so you can celebrate your efforts with a book-themed bash.

It can be in any form such as photos, a video or a paragraph of writing – as long as it shows how you’ve helped young people engage with reading. By entering, you’ll also be in with a chance of winning money for books, to keep your shelves well-stocked and your reading culture thriving. But you will need to hurry as the deadline for applications is Wednesday May 1st.

To find out more about the Library Reading Culture Challenge and apply visit the Scottish Book Trust website.