More than 200 free books will be given away for free in Milton Keynes as part of World Book Night, the annual celebration of reading and books, on April 23.
The national event, which takes place on the day of William Shakespeare’s birth and death each year, sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading. Run by The Reading Agency, a charity which believes that everything changes when we read, the aim of the event is to give everyone an equal chance to become a reader.
Michelle Herriman, Library Outreach and Community Area Specialist, is delighted that Milton Keynes is taking part in the event once again. She said: “In the past, all the places we have visited on World Book Night have been so enthusiastic and pleased that we have chosen their setting to gift in. We’re sure that the event this year will garner just as much interest and success.”
A team of library staff at Milton Keynes Central Library is currently working hard to prepare over 200 books which they will be giving away in various locations around Milton Keynes.
Volunteers are planning to visit adult learning classes, schools, shopping centres and youth cafés to distribute them. The 2014 World Book Night titles are a varied mix ranging from The Perfect Murder by Peter James - a creepy and at times very funny story of murder plots and marriage gone wrong, to Four Warned - a selection of short and sharp stories by Jeffrey Archer which reflect on how we live nowadays.
In the UK, 35 per cent of people don’t regularly read despite reading for pleasure being a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues, from poverty to mental health.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read.
Michelle continued: “By taking part in World Book Night once again this year we hope to introduce more people to the joys of reading. We would like to thank the World Book Night volunteers who are giving up their time to spread this message throughout the city.”