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Promote Libraries NI’s Big Summer Read

Support Literacy and Encourage Reading by Promoting  Libraries NI’s Big Summer Read

The Big Summer Read is an annual event held in all 96 libraries and 16 mobile libraries when children and teenagers are invited to challenge themselves to read books throughout July and August. The title of the programme for this year is “Slide into Summer Reading”.  Research has shown that failure to read during the summer holidays results in a decline in children’s reading levels and this is particularly significant for children from low-income homes. This decline in reading levels is now recognised as the “summer slide”.

The ultimate aim of the Big Summer Read is to encourage every child to read for pleasure and help develop a love of reading. To support this all libraries have a range of books to suit every interest and ability level.  Joining the library is free and the library network reaches out into communities right across Northern Ireland.

Your council can support this very worthwhile initiative by:


  • downloading and displaying posters across leisure centres and other council buildings
  • distributing information to staff and customers and/or displaying posters (sample posters can be downloaded librariesni.org.uk/big-summer-read-2019
  • supporting and sharing social media posts to encourage participation at a local level.

If you would like more information about this initiative you can email Libraries NI at feedback@librariesni.org.uk

I am grateful for your support for this important initiative and I am asking you to encourage your staff and customers to visit their local library throughout the summer and have fun taking part in Big Summer Read.

Yours sincerely


Chief Executive



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