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Coventry Libraries celebrating City of Culture

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  1. Coventry Libraries celebrating City of Culture
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  3. One Million Reads
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One Million Reads

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Launched by Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cornwall on 25 May 2021, One Million Reads Coventry is aiming to reach 1,000,000 reads by May 2022! A ‘read’ is any published story, poem, or article you have read or heard.

Get free books from your library and read, listen, or download them to be part of the challenge! You can count your reads towards the One Million goal by visiting your local library, collecting your tokens, and slotting them into the display. Watch the installation at Central Library unfold, as each milestone is reached!

Submit your reads

One Million Reads commissions photographer-in-residence

As a part of the One Million Reads project, Coventry Libraries have commissioned a professional photographer to capture the joy of reading across the city. Local photographer, Russell Whitehead, will visit four libraries in Coventry, taking portraits of members of the public to reveal the positive impact reading can have. Following photography shoots at libraries in Coundon, Bell Green, Willenhall and Stoke Aldermoor, an exhibition of the final photographs will go on tour around the city.

Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The One Million Reads project hosts a really exciting programme of events and I am so pleased to hear that we now have Russell on board to capture these joyous moments.” 

“We are certain to see the enjoyment that reading can bring to many of us, young and old, through Russell’s photography and how the power of storytelling can have such a strong impact on our wellbeing.”

“The exhibition of photographs that will be moving around the city will be a fantastic edition to our year of the City of Culture 2021 with a legacy beyond.”

One Million Reads is a programme of arts and culture projects, which place reading and libraries at the heart of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021/2022. It is funded by Arts Council England.

Once confirmed, the dates of the photography shoots will appear below. To register your interest in being photographed, please email [email protected], or pop into one of the libraries.

  • Coundon Library – Tuesday 16 November 2021, 11am – 4.30pm
  • Bell Green Library – Tuesday 14 December & Thursday 16 December 2021, 10am – 1pm
  • Willenhall Library – January TBC
  • Stoke Aldermoor Library – January TBC

Those photographed will also receive a free printed copy of their portrait to keep.

Early years storytelling with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Enter the magical and mysterious world of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Coventry Libraries as Sohan brings the play to life for the Early Years. Expect colourful costumes, exciting props, music and movement in this lively, interactive and multi-sensory workshop. This promises to be a fabulous first encounter with the world’s greatest playwright for the youngest of audiences. Suitable for children aged 2-4 years old.

Sohan Kailey was born to entertain! He has years of experience working with children and families as a performance artist, entertainer, presenter and dance practitioner and is well-known for his vibrant and energetic style. His workshops never fail to spark children’s imaginations by transporting them on a creative and cultural journey.

  • Tile Hill Library - Tuesday 30 November, 10am and 11am
  • Foleshill Library - Tuesday 7 December, 10am and 11am

Take part

Not got a library card? Join free today.

Read about the Royal visit and see photos from the visit online.

Check back for more information about One Million Reads events happening throughout the year.

Discover the Cov Reads booklist for some inspiration to start your reading journey for the One Million Reads challenge, as well as information about Coventry Libraries City of Culture events and activities:

The One Million Reads project has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England.

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Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

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