No need for Olympian effort to win 10 books
Answer three questions about the Olympic Games and you could win 10 sport-related books including one by record-breaking Olympic gold medal rower Steve Redgrave.
We are giving away the books as part of the county's celebrations of London 2012.
Titles in the 10-book bundle include Chris Cleave's new novel Gold, set in the world of professional cycling; Martin Polley's The British Olympics: Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612-2012 and Steve Redgrave's Great Olympic Moments.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply pick up a question sheet from any of the authority's 45 libraries or 11 mobile libraries and answer three Olympic-related questions. Hand in your answers to any Derbyshire library by Saturday, July 14.
To find your nearest library, go to our website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries (opens in a new window)
We have organised a range of events to coincide with the Olympics.
Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said he hoped readers and sports enthusiasts alike would join in the celebrations and give the competition a go.
"Having the Olympics and Paralympics in this country is a great privilege and well worth celebrating," he said.
"I am very pleased to be able to support these fantastic occasions with this competition and a variety of other events around the county. I hope people will join us and enjoy what is happening."
The Olympic Torch will travel through the county on Friday, June 29, before heading to Derby for an evening celebration. Stopping off points where the county council has organised events include:
Bolsover − where local schoolchildren have been taking part in a story relay. Library staff and children's centre staff will be holding craft sessions in the Methodist Church.
Calow − children's author Abi Burlingham will be telling stories to children from Calow CofE primary school and on a mobile library parked in the community centre car park from 1pm-4pm.
Matlock − our library on Steep Turnpike will be hosting a garden party in the afternoon, including a picnic and craft activities for families. Events − from 2pm-5pm - include a dance performance at 2.15pm, torch making, a treasure hunt, face painting and a storytime.
Darley Dale − children can enjoy activities on one of our mobile libraries parked at the Methodist Church Hall.
Councillor Lewer added:
"Getting the Olympic Games has excited many people across the country and we need to support it in Derbyshire.
"Our libraries have organised some fine events around it and we even have one of the authors whose books we are giving away coming to Chesterfield Library to give a talk.
"It is not every day these sort of things happen and I hope people will take advantage of what we have put on."
Martin Polley, author of The British Olympics: Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612-2012 − part of the 10-book competition prize - will be giving a talk at Chesterfield Library on Wednesday, July 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 or £2 concessions, available from the library or by calling the library on 01629 533400.
His illustrated talk, using archive images, will be based on his book which charts Britain's links with the Olympics beginning with the Cotswold Olympick Games which took place in Chipping Campden in 1612. He also covers the 1948 Olympics which took place in a post-war Britain still gripped by austerity.
The author will select the winning entry in the Reading the Games draw to win 10 books. The 10 books up for grabs are:
Keith Baker's The 1908 Olympics − the first London Games.
Chris Cleave − Gold.
Janie Hampton − The Austerity Olympics: When the Games came to London.
Richard Moore − The Dirtiest Race in History, about the men's 100m in Seoul when Ben Johnson won gold but later tested positive for drugs.
Martin Pulley - The British Olympics: Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612-2012.
Steve Redgrave - Great Olympic Moments.
Geoff Tibullus − The Olympics' strangest moments.
David Wallechinsky − The Complete Book of the Olympics.
Nick Hunter − All about the Olympics, a book for younger children.
Richard Brassey − The Story of the Olympics − a quirky guide for children.
Go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries (opens in a new window) to find out more about the competition.
Other Olympic-related events we have organised are:
Sports stories display from 25 June at Chesterfield Library.
Olympic themed Internet taster sessions are planned for Chesterfield and Ashbourne libraries.