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Wigan Unites to 'Read a Book in a Day'
Tuesday 5th September, 2006

The people of Wigan Borough are being challenged to unite as one to help 'read a book in a day'. On Friday 8th September, teams of costumed librarians will be patrolling Wigan Borough's communities encouraging local people of all ages to help them read Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' front to back.

Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, who is also Patron of Wigan Libraries, will be amongst the teams encouraging people to join in this fun initiative. The event is part of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's 'Free Weekend Of Leisure' which aims to encourage people to get active in a variety of ways from sport activities to events in libraries and parks.

Anne Turner, Access and Inclusion Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, says, "We aim to show that reading is a fun activity that is an important part of our vision to get Wigan active. Taking part in mentally stimulating activity is as important as getting physically active and reading is something that can be a shared experience. We chose the book Matilda to mark Roald Dahl's 90th birthday which is fast approaching and also because it has a positive message about self-discovery."

The teams will be out and about across the borough (from Atherton, right across to central Wigan) in local shopping areas, libraries, and even schools. The aim is to complete the 21 chapter book by the end of the day.

Stuart Maconie will read the first page of the book when his team visits Hawkley Hall High School in Wigan. Stuart says, "We hear much these days about eating the right things and taking exercise. But it's just as important to keep your mind as fit and active as your body and a great way to do that is reading. Reading is a very important and enjoyable social activity too; you can enjoy it with family, friends and partners. For all these reasons, I'm delighted to be Wigan's Patron of LIbraries and part of this fun and worthwhile initiative. "

Over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September the library service will also be leaving a series of 'quick read' books across the borough for people to pick up and read. The 'quick reads' will be available in a variety of places including park benches, bus stops, coffee shops and sports centres.

For further information about the 'Free Weekend of Leisure', contact Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust on 01942 828508 or visit www.wlct.org. For further information on reading opportunities in the Wigan Borough contact your local library or visit www.wlct.org/libraries.

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