That’s the message from this year’s Autumn Reading Challenge. Launched as part of Libraries Week, 8 to 13 October, readers will be challenged to borrow, read and return five books: two fiction, two non-fiction and one ‘wild card’, which will be available from a display in each of the city’s 12 council-led libraries.

Once a reader has collected a ‘Take 5’ stamp card from their chosen library, then it’s choose, read, relax and repeat: Pick a book you like the look of, put your feet up and switch off into a different world for a while each time.

To enter the challenge, readers must hand in their completed ‘Take 5’ card at their local library before Christmas. This will enter them into the prize draw to win one of two £100 Sheffield City Centre gift cards. There will be two prizes, one for under 18‘s and one for over 18’s.

Entries will be drawn out of a hat on Friday 11th January 2019 and winners notified the following week, leaving enough time to spend their Sheffield City Centre gift card in the January sales.

‘Take 5’ is open to all library members and entry to the challenge is free.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said:

Reading books from our libraries is an activity that costs nothing but gives you extra. Reading is fun, can be shared and many of us probably don’t lose ourselves in a book often enough. With this challenge we’re hoping to inspire and incentivise readers of all ages to read and relax this autumn with the added bonus of winning one of two £100 gift cards kindly provided by Sheffield BID.

The Sheffield Gift Cards can be used at participating businesses in Sheffield city centre. The card works in the same way to a store gift card but can be used at a wide range of retailers, restaurants, leisure and entertainment venues in Sheffield city centre. https://www.sheffieldbid.com/sheffield-gift-card/

More information is at www.shefflibraries.blogspot.com