Year of Reading 2023

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Welcome to 2023 – The Year of Reading

In 2023 we will be celebrating 10 years of the hugely successful North Lincolnshire Imagination Library programme. We have delivered over 800,000 books to more than 20,000 children living in North Lincolnshire, supporting all our children under 5 to develop a love of books and reading for pleasure.

To raise awareness of this incredible achievement and to further celebrate the joy and benefits reading brings, we are inviting all North Lincolnshire residents to take part in the North Lincolnshire Year of Reading.  If you’re not already a library member, now would be the perfect time to join.  Visit the libraries page for everything you need to know about the libraries in North Lincolnshire.

Over the year we will be offering a range of exciting reading themed events, activities and workshops for children, young people, families and adults. This will include author, illustrator, poet and creative events, plus theatre, storytelling, competitions and much more!

Be the first to find out about the Year of Reading events and activities

If you want to be kept in the loop about the latest developments, activities and events planned for the Year of Reading, please sign up to receive regular updates from North Lincolnshire libraries.

Join in as a volunteer

There are some wonderful opportunities to volunteer and support the activities and events taking place. You can find out more information about the volunteering opportunities or express your interest in volunteering below:

Upcoming events

Stories from my murder files – Friday 17 March 6pm to 8.30pm

Join local author Steve Wade and retired police inspector Stuart Gibbon as they talk about crime past and present, drawing on real cases. Find out more about ‘Stories from my murder files’  *NOW FULLY BOOKED*

Pirate Bonny – family theatre

Friday 31 March – 4pm to 5pm at The Angel Suite, Brigg.

A welcoming, music-filled performance suitable for pirates aged 4+ and their grown-ups.

Find out more about Pirate Bonny and book your tickets now.

Creative writing circle with Steve Wade

Session three: Friday 31 March from 1pm to 3pm at Ashby Community Hub.

Join a Creative Writing Circle for a series of five sessions during our Year of Reading. Places limited.

Find out more about the session with Steve Wade and book your place now.

Who was Kitty Fisher?

Monday 17 April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Scunthorpe Central

Author and historian Joanne Major helps uncover the real woman behind the myth.

Find out more about Kitty Fisher and book your tickets now.

Creative Writing Circle with Steve Wade

Session four: Friday 28 April 1pm to 3pm at Ashby Community Hub.

Join a Creative Writing Circle for a series of five sessions during our Year of Reading. Places limited.

Find out more about session four and book now.

Humber Noir: Crime Fiction and the Humber

Friday 12 May from 6pm to 8pm at Ashby Community Hub.

An opportunity to meet two successful writers whose work is part of the local landscape.

Find out more Humber Nior and book now.

Dr Dean Lomax, expert palaeontologist

Saturday 13 May  at The Plowright Theatre,  for two different shows.

Have you been watching the recent TV series ‘Dinosaur’ with Stephen Fry? Then you might have seen expert palaeontologist Dean Lomax sharing his knowledge of all things pre-historic. We are excited to announce that Dr Dean will be joining us to talk at the Plowright Theatre.

Find out more about Dr Lomax and get your tickets now!


Poetry session with Ian Bland

Poetry from Year 5’s and 6’s from Worlaby Academy that joined the online live streaming poetry session with Ian Band on the 7 March as part of the Year of Reading.

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