Think you could get through six books in six months?

Merton Libraries are calling on adults to take part in this year’s Six Book Challenge, which aims to improve literacy skills and get more people to read on a more regular basis.

The challenge, promoted by the Reading Agency and led by crime writer Martina Cole, sets participants the task of finishing half a dozen books from now until June.

Anyone over the age of 16 who wants to improve their literacy skills can take part by registering at one of Merton’s seven libraries, choosing any book they wish.

Those who are not confident at reading, or whose first language is not English, can opt for quick read books to get them through.

Those who complete the task will be invited to an awards ceremony and presented with official certificates signed by Martina Cole.

Councillor Nick Draper, cabinet member for community and culture, said: “The Six Book Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for people who aren’t confident readers to develop a love for books and make reading a life long hobby.

"If you’d like to get reading and would like some support to do so, visit your local Merton library where they will sign you up and get you started.

"This is a great example of how our award-winning libraries are supporting people who want to improve their literacy.”

For more information visit Merton Libraries' website.