An army of book-loving volunteers will be gifting books to people across Hertfordshire on Thursday 23 April as part of World Book Night.
The volunteers will share their love of reading by collecting books from one of Hertfordshire County Council’s libraries and handing them out in their local community.
On 23 April 2015, UNESCO international day of the book and Shakespeare’s birthday, 250,000 copies of 20 specially printed World Book Night titles will be given out by volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions around the UK. The idea is to reach out to the 35 per cent of the population who don’t currently read for pleasure.
Hertfordshire Libraries have two sets of books to share with people in their community; Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden and Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind.
As well as the World Book Night volunteers, everyone is being encouraged to give their favourite book to someone else in their community as part of this mass celebration of books and reading.
Andrew Bignell, Head of Libraries and Heritage Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire libraries is proud to be supporting local communities during World Book Night. I would encourage anyone who is inspired to take up reading again to visit their local library. Libraries not only offer free access to a vast range of books, they provide safe spaces where anyone can go, without judgement, to read, borrow, learn and access information and online resources.
“Hertfordshire County Council’s innovative Inspiring Libraries strategy means we have been able to get better value for money while also keeping all our library buildings open.”
Special events will take place around the UK on 23 April. Events at Hertfordshire Libraries include:
- Author Sharon Bolton, 2015 Dagger in the Library award winner, will be at Stevenage Library talking about her latest novel, A Dark and Twisted Tide on 23 April at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 or £7 (concessions) available online at http://goo.gl/tyLiQs, or by calling 01707 281533. Attendees will also be able to pick up one of the free World Book Night titles.
- The daughter and husband of Jennifer Worth, author of Call the Midwife, will be talking at Royston Library during the afternoon of 23 April (event sold out).
- Justin Somper, author of the Vampirates and Aliens and Assassins series will be at St Albans Library talking to Year 8 children from Samuel Ryder Academy on the morning of 23 April.