Councillor Mellen at the launch of the Big Reading Week Challenge 2020

The Big Reading Week Challenge was launched on January 27 by Nottingham City Council and will run until February 2. 

Leader of the City Council, Councillor David Mellen, began the campaign by reading to children from Welbeck Primary School at The Meadows – proposed site for the new Central Library on the former Broadmarsh Car Park. 

Cllr Mellen said: “It feels appropriate that our challenge will start on the building site of what will soon become the best children’s library in the country.” 


On day one, all councillors involved read to a total of 1,397 children in the city. 

The challenge aims to raise £5,000 for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which delivers free books to children. 

The scheme gives a free book every month to children from birth up until the age of five. 

Cllr Mellen added: “There are currently more than 5,400 Nottingham children registered with the scheme, but we want to do more. Our ambition is for every child in Nottingham to get a free book every month.” 

The Big Reading Challenge raised £5,000 in 50 days last year and Cllr Mellen read stories to more than 6,000 Nottingham children.