Residents across Norfolk are being invited to read the county’s most popular books as part of this year’s Great Big Read campaign which aims to encourage adults to read more.
The Great Big Read is organised by Norfolk County Council’s libraries service and will run from 20 March to 22 April.
The theme is Norfolk’s Most Wanted and it features a list of 20 of the most popular books asked for by Norfolk library customers. Those featuring include everything from crime to romance and bestsellers including The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Night Manager by John Le Carre.
Extra copies of the 20 titles on the list have been brought in by the libraries to meet demand throughout the promotion. A selection of the Most Wanted titles will also be available through our eBook and eAudio service.
There will be a special page for Norfolk’s Most Wanted books on the libraries website. This will detail the catalogue of books on the list and any special activities taking place. This page is not yet live but will be promoted when the campaign launches on 20 March. It can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/mostwantedbooks
The Great Big Read is Norfolk County Council’s annual campaign to promote reading to adults across the county. Norfolk County Council has 47 libraries and eight mobile libraries.
It is a free to join the library service and borrow books and ebooks. Users can also access the internet and borrow DVDs. Items can be returned to any library in the county.
Councillor Margaret Dewsbury,Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “When people find a book that they enjoy, they look for another, then another, it almost becomes addictive. It could also become very expensive if they had to buy each book. Libraries are free and cater for all tastes. The Great Big Read helps to remind people of what we offer.”
Some libraries are also holding special events as part of the Great Big Read. Details can be found on the libraries’ facebook page @norfolklibrariesUK
Norfolk-based author Rachel Hore, whose book The House on Bellevue Gardens features on the Most Wanted list, will visit Great Yarmouth Library on Thursday 23 March from 5.30 – 6.30pm. Rachel will talk about how she came to write her books. This is a free event but booking is recommended. To book a free place, please contact the library on Telephone: 01493 844551 or email: Yarmouth.firstname.lastname@example.org