EVENT: Read your way through the lockdown on World Book Night – 23 April

Tomorrow 23 April is World Book Night, an annual celebration of reading, intended to inspire everyone to spend time with books.

World Book Night, run by The Reading Agency is for everyone, whether you read regularly or less often, it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate books and the difference they make to your life.

It takes place on the UNESCO International day of the book and what is believed to be the birth and death date of William Shakespeare.  It was born out of the success of World Book Day, celebrated every year by schools in the UK and Ireland.

The Reading Agency says: “World Book Night is for everyone, whether you read regularly or less often, it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate books and the difference they make to your life. There are so many ways that you can get involved.”

https://worldbooknight.org/individuals

Suggestions for getting involved include:

  • Reading a book during the reading hour – between 7 and 8pm
  • Sharing your reading or audio book ideas with friends and family
  • Holding a virtual party with a literary theme.

Looking for ideas of what to read or listen to?  Discover the world booknight booklist here:

And if you do use social media, why not share what you’re reading using #ReadingHour and #WorldBookNight to join the online celebration.

Meanwhile yesterday the BBC reported that libraries across England are experiencing a surge in online borrowing during the coronavirus lockdown as the nation seeks escapism and comfort in e-books.

Libraries Connected said: “Loans of online e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks were up an average of 63% in March compared with last year.

“And 120,000 people joined libraries in the three weeks after lockdown began, said.”

It is hoped this increase in popularity will change how people use libraries when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Find out more about how you can get involved in World Book Night.

Read our information on accessing Calderdale libraries online.