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I’d rather be reading…

Summer is synonymous with sunshine and the outdoors, but it also goes hand in hand with the vacations and lazy days spent reading in the shade.

To coincide with the beginning of the glorious coming months, Nottingham City Council launched The Festival of Reading last week.  From 4 May 2011 onwards all the way to mid July, libraries around Nottingham will be hosting book readings, film screenings and talks for book lovers of all ages and genres.  The most up-to-date schedule can be found on The Festival of Reading website which also tells you about the free events and the ones you need to book tickets for.

And along with adding to your growing collection, if you want to donate some of your older reads to Nottingham’s Year of Reading campaign, then The Big Book Drop is just the thing for you. From 9 May to 10 June 2011, you can donate books in new or good condition at various locations across the city including leisure centres, children’s centres and schools. The focus is to encourage both children and adults to read more by offering free books at while-you-wait locations.

Being someone who must have a book to read at breakfast, another one for the bus, and yet another one for coffee breaks at work, I’m all for spreading the word (quite literally). While real life is exciting enough, being able to access other realms and times through the pages of a book gives me unbridled joy.  And so does the idea of sharing this with others.