We would love to invite you to take part in our #Take10ToRead Challenge, as part of our Read Manchester Connecting Stories campaign. Research shows that reading can help make you feel calmer, reduce stress and improve concentration. By getting involved in the Take 10 challenge, you will help us promote the positive effects that taking just ten minutes a day to read can have on our mental health and wellbeing.  10 to 16 May is Mental Health Awareness Week, so there is no better time (we think) to shout out about the benefits of reading than then!

Schools, authors, businesses and community partners (and Libraries of course!) across Manchester are invited to ‘drop everything and read’ at 10am on 10 May to promote reading for wellbeing.  We would love you to support us by taking part and sharing photos, videos and quotes about why you enjoy reading and why the Take 10 challenge is important to you.  We’ve had a fantastic response to our previous Take10 challenges, so we’re looking forward to seeing what Manchester can do this time round!  Please use #ReadMCR and #Take10toRead on social media.  If 10 am doesn’t work for you, you can of course read anytime!

You can register here for more information and free resources to help you support this campaign and there’s lots more information in our flyer.