CUSTOMERS and staff at Leicester’s libraries are being invited to vote for their favourite books of the decade.
Throughout the month of January, anyone aged 12 and over can vote for up to three titles of any genre. You can vote for any adult or junior book, either fiction or non-fiction – they just need to have been published between 2010 and 2019.
Voting slips will be available in libraries, and you can also send in your votes by email to email@example.com. All libraries will have displays up and a box for people to post their votes.
Titles that are being tipped as books of the decade include The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, and Becoming, by Michelle Obama. Junior books of the decade could include A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. But you can vote for anything!
Assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “Last year we had more than 1.8 million visits to our libraries across the city with a wide range of books and e-books available for customers of all ages and interests. It will be really interesting to find out from library users and staff what they rate as the best books of the decade.
“We want to do all we can to encourage people to read for pleasure – whatever their age or background – and using our free library service is a great way to do it.”
Results will be announced in February and featured in Book News, the libraries’ newsletter, and on social media. Only one voting slip or email is allowed per person, and voting closes at midnight on 31 January.
To find out more about Leicester libraries and the range of free services they offer, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/libraries