A massive throne of books is the centrepiece of a festive library display encouraging Bangor college students to spend more time reading.

The "Merry Bookmas" display at the library in Coleg Menai, Bangor, has been installed to celebrate the period of advent in 2018.

The display, which has a full-sized armchair made out of books as its centrepiece, highlights the 2018-2019 #ReadingAhead scheme to encourage people to read.

Library and Learning Resources Co-ordinator Aled Rees said:

Reading is of course a fundamental part of life, but for so many different reasons, some people just miss out.

This scheme is aimed at getting individuals to read more and aims to attract reluctant readers, lapsed readers or those wishing to improve their literacy.  

The hope is, those getting involved will see improved literacy skills and wellbeing, both derived from a love of reading.

The display, put together by Sharon Jones from Coleg Menai's library team, includes information on how to join the Reading Ahead scheme and take part in a reading challenge.

Reading Ahead is a national scheme launched in 2008 that supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.

Once registered, students need to complete a reading diary by reading, reviewing and rating six chosen items of reading material in any language, whether it is an entire book, an article, a blog or even song lyrics.

On completion of the scheme at the end of the current college year, a certificate of achievement is awarded to participants and there is a prospect of winning a prize in the local and national prize draws.  

For more information about Reading Ahead, visit readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-ahead.  

For more information about courses at Coleg Menai, visit www.gllm.ac.uk.