A new Scotland-wide reading initiative has been announced on World Book Day to inspire and encourage people to read every day to boost their mental health and wellbeing.
The national reading moment, called ‘Keep the Heid and Read!’ took place on Wednesday 11 May, during Mental Health Week 2022. Readers of all ages and abilities were encouraged to pledge to read for just six minutes on 11 May – and they could read anything, from books and magazines to comics, graphic novels and blogs.
An online totaliser to count the overall reading time pledged by the nation was launched on 11th April where both individuals and groups such as schools can sign up to get involved at www.keeptheheid.scot. People can also follow the progress of Keep the Heid and Read using #keeptheheid on social media.
The reading campaign was led by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Scotland’s 32 public library services.
Be in with a chance of winning £50, £30 or £20 of book tokens by submitting a photograph.
Show us how you took part in #keeptheheid by sending us a photo of what you were reading. This can be the book, book title, person or group of people. Send your photo by email to email@example.com by 5 pm on Wednesday 18th May. For terms and conditions of taking part see below.
Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) Terms and Conditions
By emailing a photo the sender confirms a) that it is their own work and b) that SLIC and/or the library service can publish your photo and name on the Reading Moment website if you’re entry makes it into a library service winner.
SLIC and Library Services cannot be responsible for any entry that is not received.
Winners will be emailed as soon as the library service is able and announced on the Reading Moment website once all winners notified.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
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