The Lord Mayor’s Big Read

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield invites you to share in the joy and power of reading!

The Lord Mayor’s Big Read is a collaboration between the Lord Mayor - Sioned-Mair Richards, Sheffield Libraries, city schools, and various other partners which celebrates and promotes the life-changing joy and power of reading.

Reading is the key that unlocks the door to life’s riches. It helps us feel better, discover more, and unleashes our individual creativity.

Between September 2022 and April 2023, The Lord Mayor is inviting individuals, families, schools, community groups, and businesses to share in the simple joy of words.

How to get involved

Take part in the Lord Mayor’s Reading Challenge

Borrow printed books from the library three times before Christmas and you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £50 book tokens. The challenge is running across all Sheffield public libraries and open to library users of all ages.

Attend an event

Attend an author event, take part in a workshop, join a book group, or make new friends alongside other families at a regular Storytime. There are lots of ways to share the joy of reading.

Listen to the Podcast

Listen to well-known Sheffield personalities chat about the books they love. Listen online and let us know about your favourite reads on social media, #SheffReads.

Start a Reading Group

A Book club or reading group is a group of people who meet together to talk about a book they have all read. Groups meet in homes, workplaces, pubs, and parks. In fact, Sheffield Libraries support over 250 groups with free reading group book sets.

Join the conversation online

Join other local people online and chat about books. From old favourites to the best and worst you have ever read. Share your passion for words at #SheffReads.

Organise your own Lord Mayor’s Big Read Activity

From the classroom to the living room, local pub to the workplace. Help us get Sheffield talking about reading. Download the partner toolkit for ideas and tools to help you get involved at school, at work, or in the community

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