Free books for World Book Night – 23 April

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world book nightTonight is World Book Night and to mark the occasion staff from Huddersfield Library will be handing out free books to passengers at  Huddersfield Train Station between 4pm and 6pm that evening.

The 23rd April is UNESCO international day of the book and Shakespeare’s birthday, 250,000 books of 20 specially printed World Book Night titles will be given by a network of volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions around the UK focusing on reaching the 35% of the population who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure.

Since it began in 2011, World Book Night has created an extraordinary group of 56,000 volunteers, giving books away to over 2.25 million people.

This year’s list sees a sensational and diverse line up designed to bring reading and books into people’s lives. It covers a range of genres including crime, poetry, non-fiction, Quick Reads, fantasy and sci-fi, historical and contemporary fiction, and fiction in translation. Appearing on the list are bestselling favourites from the leading lights of the literary scene, including Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect, David Almond’s Skellig, Roddy Doyle’s Quick Read Dead Man Talking, Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington.

In addition to giving away free books the library will be restocking the station’s ‘Take a book- Leave a book’ bookcase which is in the waiting room  near the shop off platform 1.  The aim of the bookcase is that people can share their favourite or the latest book they have read with fellow passengers and pick up a new one in return.  This is however not for returning library books.

The event comes a week before the official launch of the libraries eBook lending service on 30 April. This new service means that Kirklees library members will be able to loan an eBook to read on their PC, tablet or smart phone through their web browser.  They can also download the book to read offline – more details are available online at .   The service is only open to members of Kirklees Library Service (users need their card number and a pin to log in) but anyone can join their local library by registering online at


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