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World Book Night

WORLD BOOK NIGHT

‘World Book Night’ takes place on 23rd April. It is a celebration of reading, and books. Volunteers are recruited each year to hand out 20 copies of a book to community members who don’t regularly read. This year, Bedford Central Library will be a book giver, and will hand out copies of ‘The Eyre Affair’ to computer users within the library, from 9am - 5.45pm, on the day.

 

Two books will be given out each hour.

 

Copies of The Eyre Affair will be given to computer users, as each computer has a unique number, and throughout the day staff and customers will draw a number and then gift the person using that number computer, with a free copy of the book.

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We hope to entice individuals into reading for their pleasure, and by giving some people a free book; this could be all they need to ignite a passion.”

 

The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde, is described as a hilarious and charming read, and a celebration of the wonder of books, and how to get lost in them.

 

April 23rd is a symbolic day for literature. It is widely believed that William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd April 1564, and the 23rd April was the day of his death in 1616. Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, also died on the 23rd April. The date also marks the city of Barcelona’s celebration of St. George’s Day. St. George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England, and traditionally Spanish men gave their ladies roses, and the ladies returned the favour with a book – a rose for love, and a book forever.

 

The books to be handed out at Bedford Central Library on the day are provided free of charge by World Book Night.

 

For more information on World Book Night, visit http://www.worldbooknight.org

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