On World Book Day 2017 the Society of Chief Librarians announced a series of Library Spotlights: stories about how libraries support reader development through a range of activities. Make Space for Reading: Animated Reading Experiences grew from SCL’s recent Reader Development Survey, which highlights the ways that public libraries encourage and promote reading and how reader development activities could be further supported. Based on research and interviews with libraries and library staff across the country, the report identifies that the highest priority for developing reader training in libraries is outreach and work with non-readers. The report also identified a need to develop ‘soft’ skills such as having conversations about reading with the public.

Make Space for Reading: ‘Get Kent Reading’ Spotlight on how Kent approached reader development and increased visitor figures and issues.

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