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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:

Competitions and events

Design a football stadium

In celebration of the forthcoming football World Cup and launch of the North Lincolnshire Year of Reading 2023 author Tom Palmer is inviting children and young people from across North Lincolnshire to design a brand-new football stadium.

Designs can be in 2D or 3D, the more creative the better! Please send entries to: wordscount@northlincs.gov.uk

If your design is 3D, please take a photo and send that in including your name, age and contact details, so we can let you know if you are a winner.

The chosen winner will be invited to Scunthorpe United’s stadium on 23 or 24 January 2023 for a meet and greet with Tom Palmer.  The winner will also receive a selection of Tom’s books to have signed on the day, along with some Scunthorpe United goodies.

The closing date for entries is Monday 6 January 2023

Terms and Conditions​​

This competition is only open to children and young people under the age of 18 who live in North Lincolnshire or attend an educational setting in North Lincolnshire.

Good Luck!

Rotary International is promoting their annual National Young Writer competition

This well established and successful competition is open to all school and college communities, home educated pupils and any other young people’s community organisations.

Task

To produce a written or typed piece of writing entitled ‘Peace’.  The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Guidance

One side of A4 page, written or typed

Fiction or Non-Fiction or Story (550 words maximum)

Poem (40 lines maximum)

Entries should be the originals and unfortunately they cannot be returned after the competition, therefore we recommend you scan/photocopy your work, so that you have a copy to keep.

How to enter

For full details of how to enter please email: wordscount@northlincs.gov.uk

The closing date for this competition is Friday 16 December 2022

Do you receive the Imagination Library Ideas Sheets and have fun using the ideas at home? We want to hear from you!

We would love to see photos of you and your family using the ideas. This could be making one of the crafts, playing a game, singing a song or using a top tip.

Six signed copies of Imagination Library books are up for grabs for the best photographs received.

These photographs will be shared next year as we celebrate ten years of North Lincolnshire’s Imagination Library so please do not send any pictures if you are not happy for these to be shared on social media!

Please send your photographs to katie.carter@northlincs.gov.uk by 5pm on Friday 23 December 2022.

The winners will be notified by email by the end of the day on Friday 6 January 2023.

Task

The Rotary Club of Scunthorpe invites adult residents living in North Lincolnshire to submit a written or typed piece of writing entitled ‘Peace’.

The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Guidance

Entries must be:

  • One side of A4 page, written or typed
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction or Story (550 words maximum)
  • Poem (40 lines maximum)

Entries should be the originals and unfortunately they cannot be returned after the competition, therefore it is advised you scan/photocopy your work if you wish to keep a copy.

Gift vouchers and certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

How to enter

For full details of how to enter please email: wordscount@northlincs.gov.uk

The closing date for this competition is Friday 16 December 2022.

However, The Rotary Club encourage you to submit your entries if possible, during November, as they would like to display some of the entries at their Festival of Christmas Trees at Brumby United Church, which takes place the first two weekends in December.