1st Jul, 2022

Coventry exceeds target for one million reads during City of Culture year

Ryan Smith 6th Jun, 2022

COVENTRY has exceeded its target to reach one million reads over its City of Culture year.

The scheme was launched by the Duchess of Cornwall with Coventry submitting data for its first read last May.

The current read count stands at 1,262,798, with the figures being counted across Coventry’s libraries, universities, schools and workplaces.

Readers of all ages have been submitting their reads in libraries or online.

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, which has enabled a unique programme of events to come to Coventry including a photographer-in-residence, five QR Code Trails, and an interactive Story Bench.

Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, Coun Dr Kindy Sandhu said: “Over the last year, One Million Reads has helped to place reading and libraries at the heart of the City of Culture.

“It has been lovely to see the enjoyment that reading can bring to many of us, young and old and how the power of storytelling can have such a strong impact on our wellbeing.”

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