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Free book giveaway during World Book Night

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Published: 23/04/2012

These are just two of the titles from this year’s list of 25 books which will be given away for free by more than 100 people in South Gloucestershire who have signed up to take part in the event. Each volunteer will have 24 copies of their chosen book so you may be lucky and get a free copy to read and pass on. Throughout the day, libraries across the district are running an exciting series of fun activities to support the event and encourage more people to pick up a book and enjoy a good read.

Chat about books is a free drop in session for reading groups and anyone else interested in finding new tomes to get stuck in to. You can also find out details on how to join a reading group by dropping in to Cadbury Heath Library between 4pm and 6pm.

Visit Hanham Library at 7.30pm and get embroiled in a poetic murder mystery. Poetic Licence… to Kill will test your poetry skills as well as your ability to solve a crime in a whodunit penned by writer Sara-Jane Arbury. Tickets are £2.50 for library members and £5 for non members and are available from any South Gloucestershire library.

At Emersons Green Library there is a free book quiz between 7pm and 9pm and a quiz night also takes place at Winterbourne Library from 7.30pm.

Pay a visit to Patchway Library at any time during the day and pick up a book in a bag – you won’t know what you’ve borrowed until you open the bag, which is a great way of challenging yourself to try reading a new or different genre.

As World Book Night coincides with St George’s Day, the first 50 people to use a South Gloucestershire library on this day will receive a rose. A photo opportunity takes place at Cadbury Heath Library at 9.15am when parents and carers attending a pre-school storytime session with their children will be invited to recommend books to each other and they will be presented with a rose.

Cllr James Hunt said: “Once again South Gloucestershire libraries are supporting an exciting worldwide campaign by encouraging local residents to share their love of reading with others and challenging people to try something different.”

Now in its second year, World Book Night will see one million free books given away to members of the public across the UK, Ireland, Germany and America. Each year, 25 titles are specially chosen and printed in their thousands in special World Book Night editions.

Last year’s event saw more than 1,680 books given away in South Gloucestershire alone.

A full list of this year’s titles are available online at

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