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Keep the Heid and Read campaign encourages people to read

By Imogen James

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Keep the heid and read.
Keep the heid and read.

ON Wednesday, readers young and old are being encouraged to read for six minutes and take part in a competition.

The challenge is part of the Keep the Heid and Read campaign let by the Scottish Library and Information Council.

The campaign aims to inspire and encourage daily reading.

High Life Highland is challenging people to send in a picture of them reading any text of choice.

Pictures should be either calm, whacky, cool, funny or happy and should be taken on May 11 and emailed to your local library by 5pm on May 18.

There will be an overall winner and a second and third prize, consisting of £50, £30, and £20 book tokens.

Principal Libraries manager for High Life Highland Julie Corcoran said: “We know just how treasured our libraries are and we want to encourage even more people to take up reading for pleasure.

“The initiative takes place during Mental Health Week and research has found that reading a book for six minutes a day can boost your mental health by 68%.

“Getting lost in a good book is an excellent stress reliever and people have told us how much they missed their libraries during the pandemic.

“We’d love to see everyone getting involved on May 11 by pledging to read for six minutes and come and reconnect with their local libraries where we have an abundance of free reading choices.”

To find your local library, visit www.highlifehighland.com/libraries or search Facebook which includes terms and conditions.

People are encouraged to pledge to read on the Keep the Heid and Read website www.keeptheheid.scot

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