World Book Night 2013
Have you heard about World Book Night? It’s a celebration of books and reading and the people behind the initiative are passionate about books, bookshops and libraries but above all else about encouraging everyone to read.
They recruit volunteers to help spread a love of reading in communities across the country. Each one of 20,000 volunteers gives twenty copies of one of twenty books which World Book Night has hand-picked and specially produced to people who don’t regularly read to encourage them to do so. Volunteer givers collect the specially printed copies of their books from their local bookshop or library. World Book Night is free to participate in for all.
There’s more information detail about World Book Night and what they do on the World Book Night website.
World Book Night and Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries
To celebrate World Book Night on 23 April 2013, there will be a special London black taxi at Shepherd’s Bush Library at 5pm. It’ll be stuffed full of World Book Night books that we want to give away. There will also be refreshments and a surprise special guest so do come along if you can.
Some of our staff applied to be one of the 20,000 book givers so over to them to tell us which books they chose and why….
A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
It’s the third year running that I’ve been fortunate enough to have successfully applied to be a World Book Night giver and this time I’ve chosen a children’s book (but one that can be enjoyed by adults too!).
It’s the classic bestselling history of the world – Erst Gombrich’s ‘A Little History of the World’ which has been translated into 25 different languages! It covers the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb.
Previously I have elected to give out my books to a bus load of half-marathoners on their way to the Silverstone half-marathon, sat in a local pub, and given them out to my choir, Goldsmiths Choral Union – this time I’ve chosen to give out the copies at Canberra Primary School. Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries has worked with this school before on various projects and English is very much the minority language there.
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Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
Hello, my name is Karin Hossack and I work part-time in Fulham Library. I will be participating in World Book Night as a book giver.
I applied to give my books out at my gym and it has been agreed with the managers that on the evening of 23 April I will give my books to gym members. The book that I have chosen is Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal’ .
I chose the book because I believe that Jeanette Winterson is a fairly well known British author. I read the book with my reading group here at Fulham Library and we all found it accessible, with something that everyone could relate to. Also, many people are already aware of ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’ and so may be interested in the updated version of Jeanette’s life story. It’s a marvellous read and I am happy to recommend it to anyone.
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
The reason I have applied to become a World Book Night book giver is that recently I started a reading group at Hammersmith Library and some of my readers suggested that I participate in the project.
I’m planning to give books away to our readers at Hammersmith Library. The book that was offered to me is called, ‘The Road Home’ by Rose Tremain, chosen democratically by the readers of my group.