Library customer is walking on air after prize-winning effort

Elgin Library – Prize presentation

Lossiemouth library customer Colin Saddington is the worthy winner of an iPad Air in a competition offered across all public libraries in Scotland.

The ‘Wealth of Reading’ promotion ran from July to September and was designed to reflect the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

As part of this nationwide reading initiative library users were asked to ‘describe the best things about a book of your choice in less than 50 words’ from a specially selected collection of books written by authors from Commonwealth countries.

The promotion was funded by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) to encourage adults to read more by promoting authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries.

Customers could either input their entries via a Scottish libraries website or fill in cards and library staff could submit the content on their behalf.

Mr Saddington, a music tutor in Moray schools, compiled an interesting and entertaining comment about Monica Ali’s award winning novel ‘Brick Lane’. This clever review was the entry which stood out for the eminent judge from SLIC who chose it as the comment that would most encourage her to read that book.

Mr Saddington will be presented with his prize at Lossiemouth Library at 4pm on Monday December 8 Councillor Anne Skene, Chair of Children and Young People’s Services Committee.

A spokesperson for Moray Libraries said: ‘We enjoy offering a wide variety of reading choices for our customers and are delighted that the winning entry came from Moray.”

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