Pick up a book at Kongomana and win a prize

PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 10 June 2010

Thursday, July 24 - Two hundred and fifty books will tomorrow be released into the wild at this year's Kongomana event for young people – held at Bicton.

Two hundred and fifty books will tomorrow be 'released into the wild' at this year's Kongomana event for young people - held at Bicton.

Devon County Council's Library Service is celebrating the National Year of Reading at the Kongomana three-day festival, beginning July 25, as part of a host of activities organised by Devon County Council Youth Service - including sports, a battle of the bands, DJ workshops and arts and crafts.

All the books have been registered online at the official BookCrossing website www.bookcrossing.com. Every book has a unique reference number which can be entered into the website so the reader can track its progress and leave comments.

The 250 books have all been chosen by young people in Devon and include something for all readers - bestsellers such as Slam by Nick Hornby and Before I Die by Jenny Downham as well as popular graphic reads by Matt Groening of Simpsons fame.

Everyone taking part in the BookCrossing will have the chance to win an iPod. A unique number from one of the books will be posted on the URDevon website for young people - the winner can claim their prize by checking at www.devon.gov.uk/urlibrary

Executive member for culture, Councillor Sheila Hobden, said: "We want to raise the profile of reading and our libraries amongst young people, and this is an excellent way to attract their attention. Libraries have come a long way and are now full of facilities including computers, DVD hire, groups and events, as well as, of course, books."

Young people will also be able to join Devon Libraries at Kongomana and have access to the largest book resource in the county.

Any young person over the age of 16 will just need proof of their name to join up, without the usual requirement of a parental consent signature or proof of address.

Any library member can borrow up to eight books for free and can hire up to four music CDs for a small fee.

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