Reading Questionnaire

An invitation to share your reading experiences of 2020

Sadly, Covid-19 has severely restricted our lives over the last year. The SWISH Library Friends have been unable to realise their plan of activities for 2020. We are starting to think about 2021 in the anticipation that life will return to some form of normality as the year progresses.

However, reading has provided a very important respite from the gloom of the last twelve months, helped by the positive response from Livewire on the occasions that they have been able to open libraries. No doubt you have also been acquiring new books from sources other than libraries, in addition to re-reading old favourites that have been sitting on a bookshelf from long ago.  We wondered if our SWISH members would like to share some of their reading experiences from 2020.

Firstly, via email or post if you prefer, would you respond to the brief questionnaire (below). We will summarise the replies and feed them back to you.

Secondly we thought that, as a follow-up, some people might like to share their favourite reads, old and new with others, through a Zoom meeting. This will be a first for SWISH, but given the forced social isolation for many of us, it might be a welcome opportunity for a chat. Zoom is very easy to use if you haven’t done so before – all you need is an email address and a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera.

Download the Questionnaire to complete it on-line

Reading in 2020 – a short questionnaire

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What were your book reading preferences in 2020 (name up to 3 genres eg fiction, detective novels, childrens books,  non-fiction etc  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Have you spent significant time on other reading eg newspapers, magazines etc?

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Name up to five favourite book reads from the last year. These may include books that you are reading with other people eg children, elderly person.

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Do you discuss your latest reads with others?………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Have your reading preferences or habits changed during the periods of Covid restrictions, and if so in what way?……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Have you made any particular reading discoveries?…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Would you be interested in taking part in a Zoom discussion about the books you have been reading with other SWISH members?   You may also have other ideas for discussion on Zoom whilst restrictions continue.    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….           

Please return your completed form to chair@libraryfriendsswish.org.uk by 26th February 2021 or by post to SWISH 2020 Read, c/o Stockton Heath Library, Alexandra Park, Alexandra Rd, Warrington, WA4 2AN.

We will attempt to summarise the responses that we get and share it with our membership (we will not share any personal details of people who have responded). 

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