Help us Celebrate World Book Night 2016

World Book Night

World Book Night

World Book Night 2016 is upon us and passionate book lovers are getting ready to share their love of reading.

The 23 April 2016, is a big day for books, not only is it UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, and Shakespeare’s birthday, it is also the 400th anniversary of his death. To mark the occasion 187,500 copies of 15 specially printed World Book Night titles will be given out by a network of local volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions around our area.

A number of local passionate book lovers, have successfully applied to be World Book Night volunteers this year, having chosen one or more of the 15 World Book Night 2015 titles to share with people in our community who don’t normally read for pleasure or own books through an event at libraries across our district

This year’s list of titles sees a sensational 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, historical and contemporary fiction, as well as fantasy and memoir. Appearing on the list are bestselling favourites from the leading lights of the literary scene, including Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet?, Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive, The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe, Treachery by SJ Parris and Ann Cleeves’ Too Good To Be True.

As well as the World Book Night volunteers, you will also be encouraged to give your favourite book to someone in your community and special events are taking place at libraries, community centres, prisons, hospitals and schools around the UK on 23rd April, in this mass celebration of books and reading.

The flagship World Book Night 2016 event will take place at London’s British Library.

What’s happening in our area?

Kirkburton Library, Saturday 23 April, from 10.30 – 12.30

There will be a pop-up café with the distribution of World Book Night Books, and for children a Shakespeare in Shorts Colouring Competition, a St George’s Day craft and a coat of arms competition

Shepley Library, Saturday 23 April, from 10.00 – 11.30

There will be a pop-up café, distribution of World Book Night Books and St George’s Day crafts for children.

Birstall, Thursday 21 April

Birstall Library Friends of Group are giving books away at a market stall and on Saturday 23rd April books will also be given away in Heckmondwike town centre.

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