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Reading Agency Searches for Favourite Debut Author 

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 20 June 2015, national charity The Reading Agency, in partnership with The Booksellers Association, is launching a hunt for the debut author that the UK’s reading groups most want to read and champion this year.

To start the search for the newcomer of 2015, publishers who are members of The Reading Agency’s partnership programme – which brings libraries and publishers into a closer relationship for successful and exciting reading promotions, activities and events in communities across the country – are invited to nominate recent titles by debut writers which they would like to share with reading groups to inspire them to discover something different.

The deadline for nominations from publishers is 17 April. Publishers are asked to nominate one title of fiction or narrative non-fiction per imprint, which has been published in paperback between June 2014 and June 2015. For details of how to submit titles publishers should contact


Where will you read your 10 minutes a day?

Reading for just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference to children’s reading skills and can change lives.

Save the Children want you to share pictures of you reading with your children, family and friends. They want to see the funniest, quirkiest and most interesting place! Tweet, share on Instagram and post on Facebook using the hashtag #ReadOnGetOn

The charities  Read On. Get On. campaign is a national campaign to ensure every child is able to read well when they leave primary school by the year 2025.

Save The Children have also recently released The Power of Reading Report.


2015 PLIF Bids Now Open

The call for bids for the Public Library Improvement Fund is now open.  All bids will be assessed by a panel of SLIC Board members.  

The 2015/16 priorities for bids will be:

  • Community Engagement
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Digital creativity and inclusion
  • WW1 Commemorative Projects
  • Methods of demonstrating the impact of public library services

There will be a continued emphasis on partnership and promoting equality of opportunity.

Bids are particularly welcome from those authorities who have undertaken community consultation training and are looking to put their learning into practice within their communities.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Amina Shah at

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th May. 

A copy of the application form can be downloaded here


Shetland Launches Wartime History Books

Shetland Library, in partnership with Shetland Museum and Archives is to publish two new books about the history of the First World War in Shetland.

The books have been part funded by a grant awarded to the Library by SLIC. As part of the project school library staff have also produced online learning resources for young people.

‘Safely Wounded’ is a collection of Shetland wartime letters edited by Archives Assistant Angus Johnson and volunteer Isabel Sinclair. As Angus notes, “It’s a view of the war from a low level. Ordinary people within a great, harsh event. They’re communicating above all that they’re still alive and coping, trying to reassure and inform the folk at home”.

‘Blockade 1914-1918’ is by Museum Curator Ian Tait and brings to print the images and text from last year’s exhibition on Shetland’s strategic role during the war, as well as a new foreword by Ian. Dr Tait explained that “Curiously, the sea war is forgotten today: most people think of the First World War as trench warfare, but 70% of Shetlanders on war service were sailors or seamen. Britain’s biggest asset was her colossal navy, and the greatest challenge Germany faced was our ability to cut off trade. Shetland was vital to the allied strategy becuase the blockade force operated right here".

The books will be launched at a special event at the Museum on Thursday, 16 April at 7.30pm which will include talks by Museum and Archives staff. They will then be available for sale from the Museum, Library or Shetland Times Bookshop for £5 each.

Online history resources are available on Shetland Library’s website


Orkney Libraries Shortlisted for Library of the Year Award

Orkney Library and Archive Service have been shortlisted in the Bookseller Industry Awards. They face competition from Claude Ramsey Library, Greenwich, Dudley, Exeter, Sunderland and Wigan Libraries for the mantle of "Library of the Year".

Scotland has good form in the competition with Dundee, Edinburgh and Midlothian picking up the top prize in previous years. The winner will be announced on 11th May at the Hilton, Park Lane in London. Fingers crossed for Gary Amos and his team in Orkney!