Stralsund / Mainz (dpa / mv) - The Hanseatic city of Stralsund is one of three award-winning “reading cities 2020” in Germany.

The Reading Foundation (Mainz) announced this on Monday together with other award donors.

Stralsund reacted particularly imaginatively to the changed situation with the corona infection risk in 2020.

For example, the children's library started the “Traveling Books” campaign, in which bags with reading books, letters and small surprises were brought to primary schools.

In addition, children from the city of 59,000 gave book tips.

Lord Mayor Alexander Badrow (CDU) read a story about it.

Its reading can be borrowed as an audio figure ("Tonie figure") and played back at home.

A chapter of it was read and filmed in the Ozeaneum so that it could also be viewed as a video on YouTube.

The nationwide “reading cities” are chosen annually on the “reading day” in November.

The aim is to arouse enthusiasm for reading and reading aloud and to bring children into contact with stories at an early age, it said.

This time Magdeburg and Wiesbaden were honored in addition to Stralsund.

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