Librarians across the South West have now chosen their theme for the new Reading Passport challenge and this year we’ll be time-travelling through a selection of the most iconic authors of the past 100 years with our Book to the Future challenge, including a selection of the top new writers to look out for in the decade to come.

The Reading Passport Book to the Future booklet will present the finest and most iconic reads from a century of publishing with each decade from 1920 to 2020 being represented by our best loved and most intriguing authors whose work has helped to define that decade.

As usual we’ll be asking our readers to use the Reading Passport to explore the treasures contained in their local libraries and collect their passport stamp as they complete each book. Anyone who completes and returns their full Book to the Future journey by collecting a stamp from their library for each decade will be entered into a draw to win a suitcase full of books to keep them busy on their travels for the next 100 years.

The Reading Passport Book to the Future is a partnership project funded by the South West Regional Library Services which represents public and specialist libraries around the area and Literature Works, the literature development agency. Now in its fifth year the Reading Passport, a passport-sized booklet featuring suggested reading lists, continues to offer a fun way to explore the fantastic resource our libraries offer for reading for pleasure.

Jackie Chelin, Chair of SWRLS says: “The SWRLS funded Reading Passport project is one of the largest reading schemes in the South West and one which all the libraries can take part in. It’s a great way for SWRLS members to work together across the whole area, ensuring our libraries can benefit from local and community networking and the services we offer to support them.”

Kate Murray, Head of Library Services for Bristol says: “The Reading Passport is a great way to explore the full richness of books which readers can find in our local libraries and it’s a fun way to engage readers of all ages in a challenge which encourages more people to use their local libraries where all our other services can be found.”

With 30,000 print copies and a website packing in more information, views and reviews, Reading Passport: Book to the Future will reach the libraries of the 17 public library authorities in the region as well as 36 academic and specialist libraries in the South West involved in the scheme, reaching a library membership of over 4 million library users.

This year we will once again be asking our readers to let us know what they think of their reads on the Reading Passport website and we will publish as many book reviews as we can and publishing the public’s choice of their own favourites over the past 100 years of writing.

A Short Reading Passport Film
Download the 2016 Reading Passport (PDF 2.8MB)