MORE than 300 people have signed up to a scheme aimed at getting people to read more this year.

The adult reading challenge is meant to get people in Darlington to read more, or read differently by providing a list of different types of books to encourage people to borrow books they might not usually look at.

From choosing a book with a red spine to one by an author you have never read before, there are a total of 48 challenges to complete on four different cards.

Suzy Hill, library events manager, said: “Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions for self-improvement and enjoyment and this year Darlington Libraries wanted to make it easier to take on a challenge they can enjoy – and stick to.

“The idea is simple – if you want to read more books or try reading a different type of book, pop into one of our libraries and pick up a free Reading Challenge Card, Then borrow and read a book in each of the listed categories to complete your card.

“It’s easy to get stuck in a reading slump and this challenge offers a great opportunity to shake it off and try something new. However, as with any other resolution, it can sometimes be hard to stay the course so the challenge cards are filled with prompts to help people explore new genres and authors.

“No matter what kind of books you ordinarily love, the options on our cards will inspire you to try something new and exciting – and we’re offering those who complete their cards the chance to win a prize.”

Completed cards should be handed to staff and will be entered into a draw for the chance of winning a £50 or £25 book voucher at the end of the year.

There are four different cards, with 12 challenges on each, offering avid readers the chance of up to four entries in the prize draw.

Cards can be picked up for free at Crown Street or Cockerton Libary.