14th Oct 2019 in Arts

Belfast Central Library is taking an active role in Book Week, which got underway on Monday October 14.

It is the fourth year of the collaboration between Libraries NI and BBC NI – and CQ BID members are being encouraged to drop by BCL which is organising a wide range of literary-themed events between now and Sunday.

Mandy Bryson, assistant director of Libraries NI, explained: “This year we are focusing on two main approaches to the campaign. Firstly we are encouraging people to pledge to read for at least 15 minutes this week, but preferably each day – whether it be reading bedtime stories to children, reading while on public transport or reading a book or newspaper at night to unwind.

“The second part is to feature a different book/reading theme each day.

“Reading has so many benefits, including helping improve concentration, mental health and learning. So our ultimate objective of Book Week is quite simply to get more people reading!”

The seven themes are:

Monday – The  Big Read.

Libraries NI will also be announcing the most popular novel of the last ten years as voted by Libraries NI borrowers.

Tuesday – The Book that changed me

People are being asked to highlight the book that has made an impact on them; it can be fiction, non-fiction or children’s.

Today BCL is also hosting a Doire Press reading, ‘Flesh and Blood’. The open event at 3.30pm will feature readings by three local poets – Michael J. Whelan, Emily Cullen and Simon Lewis.

Wednesday – Children’s books

Thursday – local authors

Libraries NI will be celebrating works by local authors.  Whilst the main focus will be on fiction, all local writers will be featured.

Today BCL will also be organising a special open event at 2.30pm to tell people more about their digital services, such as e-books and e-magazines.

Friday – favourite book character

At 2.30pm today BCL will be hosting another open ‘Shared Reading’ event – an informal group discussion of a piece of literature.

Saturday – Places to Read

Looking at places where people read – buses, trains, their favourite chair, the couch at home.  Locations in Northern Ireland featured in novels will also be featured and people are being encouraged to take photos of where they like to read.

Sunday – Digital

To finish off the week, the emphasis will be promoting eBooks and eMagazines.

Each day Libraries NI hope to maximise it’s social media output and reach – so it would be appreciated if people used the hashtags and lines underneath:

During #BookWeekNI my #ReadFor15 is ……

–           #bookweekNI – the book that changed me was ………….

–           #bookweekNI – my favourite children’s book is……

–           #bookweekNI – the last book I read by a local author was……

–           #bookweekNI – my favourite book character is…….

–           #bookweekNI – I like to read …….

–           #bookweekNI –  the last eBook I read was……

Remember to tag Libraries NI and BBC Northern Ireland using

–           @LibrariesNI and @BBCnireland on Twitter

–           @LibrariesNorthernIreland and @BBCNI on Facebook

–           @librariesni and @bbcni on Instagram

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