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Free book giveaway on World Book Night

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Published: 15/04/2014

There are 61 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 are available online at

This year, The Reading Agency has launched a new way of getting involved in World Book Night called Community Book Giving, which widens the opportunity for volunteers to participate. Through Community Book Giving, everybody can take part in the gifting of books without applying to give away copies of the official books donated by publishers for the occasion.

Anyone can sign up as a community giver and be responsible for giving away a book of their choice on 23 April, either taking it from their own bookshelves, or buying it new or second hand. Special World Book Night branded stickers and bookplates will be available from libraries, participating bookshops or available to download online, so that books can be officially branded as part of the celebrations. Find out how to get involved at

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which sees passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books to people in their communities. The aim is to provide books to those who don’t normally read for pleasure or own books, in the hope of initiating their enjoyment of reading.

Each year 20,000 volunteers are recruited nationally to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the list. By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country, World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who don’t regularly read.


Libraries in South Gloucestershire have organised a number of special World Book Night events:

Quiz nights

Emersons Green Library is holding a community quiz from 7.30pm for teams of up to six people. Entrance is £1 per person on the door, please reserve your team’s place at

Winterbourne Library are holding their popular annual quiz from 7.30pm for teams of up to six. There will be a charge of £3 per person on the door which includes refreshments and a prize for the winning team.

Count me in

‘Count me in’ is a theatrical interactive bingo night run by Poetry Can, which takes place at Yate Library on Wednesday 23 April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Audience members will take part in a bingo game and become part of a collaborative play which is set in a bingo hall. Tickets are £3 for non-library members and £2.50 for members, book your ticket at, by visiting the library, or pay on the door.

World Book Night free book giveaway

Staff from Thornbury Library will be handing out free copies of World Book Night titles at a mystery location in Thornbury during the morning of Wednesday 23 April.

Staff from Filton Library will be giving away World Book Night reads in the Shield Retail Park between 12pm and 5pm on Thursday 24 April.

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