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Reading challenge proved a winner for Aberdeenshire library service

By David Porter

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Live Life Aberdeenshire's digital library services saw a surge in use during the Winter Word Reading Challenge at the turn of the year.

Aberdeenshire Counil offers access to several digital libraries.
Aberdeenshire Counil offers access to several digital libraries.

The challenge, which ran from December to February, went down a storm with nearly 1000 local readers taking part individually, together as a family or as a group of friends.

Although nearly half of those taking part were children aged three to10, this is the first year it has been open to all age groups and 36 per cent of participants were adults.

Borrowers picked up an entry card from their local library then completed various challenges, from reading seven books borrowed from a library to downloading eBooks/eAudiobooks from our digital library.

Of the 954 people who signed up to the challenge, more than 45 per cent completed it and submitted their entry card into the Prize Draw.

Prizes included a complimentary pass to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park; a family pass to Landmark, Aviemore; a Mackie’s of Scotland Hamper of goodies; Grampian Transport Museum Family Membership, and more.

The lucky winners will soon receive their prizes in the post.

The library service saw an increased uptake in downloads of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and the streaming of music via its digital platform, all of which are free to library members.

See the digital library services on offer on Life Live @ Home, Live Life Aberdeenshire’s one stop shop of virtual creativity and activity: bit.ly/LLAhome

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