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The Quick Reads section in Central Bedfordshire and Skills for Life section in Bedford Borough are designed to help people improve their reading and gain new confidence with books. The stock is centred on Quick Reads, but also includes a variety of books aimed at readers with different needs and abilities, as well as non-fiction books. Bedfordshire Libraries also have a range of books that can help with writing and grammar, numeracy, using computers and IT, and money management.

Quick ReadsQuick Reads are shorter books by well known writers. They are great stories on a variety of topics, aimed at adults who've stopped reading or find reading tough, and for regular readers who want a short, fast read. Quick Reads can improve confidence for readers, and help newer readers find enjoyment in reading. Authors include Sophie Hannah, Lucy Diamond, Andy McNab, Ann Cleeves, and many others.
Click here to see a selection of the titles available in your libraries

You can ask at your local library for more information and advice about improving reading and other skills, or have a look at the Skills for Life pages on our virtual library.

Reading Ahead

Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge. One in six people struggle to read. However, research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment. Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. Reading Ahead supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence. It invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. The programme isn't just about books - it's about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The new name reflects this to help those for whom books might be a barrier to joining in. Ask at your local branch for more information, or check out the Reading Ahead website


Page last updated: 19th February 2016