Bookworms asked to go green

PUBLISHED: 15:09 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH bookworms are being asked to go green and buy a bag for life - as part of a national reading campaign.

EXMOUTH bookworms are being asked to go green and buy a bag for life - as part of a national reading campaign.

This year is the National Year of Reading aimed at encouraging people to escape to the outdoors with a good book this summer.

And eager readers can carry their blockbusters to the beach in style with the Devon Libraries' 'Book Bag for Life'.

The stylish reusable jute bags are on sale for £2 as part of the County Council's 'Make Devon Greener' initiative to promote the environment, reduce waste and increase recycling rates in the county.

Devon Library staff no longer hand out new plastic bags to customers and are encouraging people to upgrade to the new environmentally friendly bag or re-use their old plastic ones. The scheme is supported by the 'Don't let Devon go to waste' partnership, which teamed up with library staff in 2007 to find a practical and lasting alternative to plastic bags.

Devon County Council Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Sheila Hobden, said: "The National Year of Reading aims to increase awareness of the values of reading for children, families and adults and show that you can read anything, anytime, anyplace.

"Having a re-usable book bag is a handy idea for holding your summer reads on a trip to the park or beach. Plus, buying one of these bags can really benefit the environment by helping to reduce the 300 plastic bags per person that end up in UK landfills each year. We hope that people will get used to taking their book carrier on every visit to the library."

Devon is celebrating reading throughout the year, with lots of literary events at local libraries including baby bounce and rhyme sessions, reading groups, and poetry and writing workshops. There's still time to enter a photograph of family or friends reading on the move into the Read, Ride, Relax photography competition to win a Fujifilm A820 digital cameras and accessory pack.

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