Make reading your New Year’s resolution for 2021

Next year, libraries in Adur and Worthing are challenging residents to read twelve books in twelve months.


Release date: 18 December 2020

Next year, libraries in Adur and Worthing are challenging residents to read twelve books in twelve months.

The aim of the challenge is to read twelve books across the year, with a different theme attached to each month.

The themes have been put together by the West Sussex County Council Library Service and invites challengers to step outside their comfort zones by reading genres that they may not have tried before.

Residents of all ages and reading abilities can take part and they can join as an individual, a group or a family. Whichever way they choose to be involved; everyone is welcome.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “The reading challenge is not only an excellent New Year’s resolution to help transport you to different times, places and dimensions; reading for pleasure is also a fantastic way to improve your mental wellbeing, as it is shown to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

“With this year being stressful for all of us, the Adur and Worthing 2021 reading challenge could be just what the doctor ordered and allows anyone who is participating to really expand their literary mindset and get into a more relaxed, calm and happier mental state.”

The challenge will be taking place online and at Broadwater, Durrington, Findon Valley, Goring, Lancing, Shoreham, Southwick and Worthing libraries.

Residents can join the challenge online and can find the full list of challenges here to go to or they can visit any of the participating libraries with their library card - if you don’t have a library card, it’s completely free to join.

Participants are also invited to join the challenge Facebook group, where they can share their latest reads, pick up ideas for great new books and chat with local people about their love of reading.

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