Free book giveaway on World Book Night

World Book Night 'givers' at Bradley Stoke Library.

World Book Night on Thursday 23rd April will see enthusiastic readers across South Gloucestershire hand out free books in their communities.

During the afternoon, Bradley Stoke Library staff will be in the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre foyer giving out books.

More books will be given away during the afternoon by volunteers at the Willow Brook shopping centre.

There are 49 individual book givers taking part across South Gloucestershire this year, all keen to share their favourite books from the specially selected official World Book Night list. The full list of this year’s titles is available online at

This annual celebration of reading and books sees tens of thousands of volunteers across the country give away specially chosen and printed World Book Night books to people in their local areas who don’t regularly read. Each volunteer will hand out 20 copies of their favourite book. By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country, World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that it starts them on their reading journey.

Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in the UK 35% of people don’t regularly read.

World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, distributors, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read.

South Gloucestershire Council is encouraging residents of all ages to get reading this year as part of its Time 4 Reading campaign, which will provide a range of exciting activities, programmes and partnerships throughout the year designed to improve literacy.

Photo: Local book ‘givers’ pictured at Bradley Stoke Library.

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