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Explore exciting recommendations from the MEP Library Lovers group to inspire you for your summer reading!

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Wondering what to read this summer? Look no further! The MEP Library Lovers group presents 60 Books for the Summer, a one-of-the kind reading list showcasing excellent literary works from across Europe, as recommended by MEPs.

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Last year, Public Libraries 2020 launched the MEP Library Lovers Group, full of MEPs passionate about libraries, books, reading, and the important role they all play in building strong local communities. Now, members of the MEP Library Lovers Group share their personal recommendations on what needs to be on your reading list this summer. Literary triumphs, short stories, guilty pleasures – 60 Books for the Summer has something for every reader.

While making your way down the list will be great fun, we can’t forget this is a serious business. Reading enriches our lives, but it also hugely impacts on skills development and social inclusion. Reading should not be a luxury, it should be an activity for people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability – and yet 1 in 5 European citizens remain functionally illiterate. Europe’s 65,000 public libraries go a long way in encouraging a love of reading and developing both traditional and digital literacy skills.

60 Books for the Summer is a tool through which MEP Library Lovers and local public libraries will work together to promote literacy, inclusion and equality.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, “breaking down borders” is a common theme across the different recommendations – from the plight of refugees seeking a new life in Europe to tales of finding your feet in a new home. It is therefore fitting that Literature Across Frontiers and Passa Porta partnered with us to curate the final list.

MEP Library Lovers Catherine Stihler, Brando Benifei and Esther de Lange will host the 60 Books for the Summer launch party at the European Parliament Library (Brussels) on 6 June 2017.

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