World Book Night 2015

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by Joanne Eaves in Latest Libraries News

Rochdale Library staff give books away

World Book Night was celebrated on Thursday 23 April as hundreds of people received free books across the borough. From Northern Rail trains to Demesne Community Centre luncheon club to a Community Health Fair at Bowlee Sports Centre, staff from Rochdale Borough Libraries gave out free books, to brighten up people’s days and open their minds to the joys of a good read.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books for people of all ages and abilities. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading.

Library volunteers handed out books to people travelling on trains between Rochdale and6 staff with empty carrier bags outside Rochdale station Todmorden. More than 130 books were given out, and were very well received by passengers. Young Persons’ Library Worker, Ray Stearn said: “The best, most rewarding part for me was walking back down through the railway carriages and seeing the previously bored-looking commuters getting stuck into their new books!”Image shows staff with their empty bags at the end of the journey

Library staff from the Middleton area also got involved in the magic of World Book Night by taking books to Demesne Community Centre and Bowlee Sports Centre to reach as many people as possible. Tracey Byrne, Senior Library and Information Assistant at Alkrington Library, said: “We received a really positive response from the people attending the luncheon club at Demesne. They were celebrating St George’s Day, so to receive a free gift in the form of a good book was an extra surprise.”

Gemma Bickerstaff, Health in Communities Co-ordinator welcomed the opportunity to give out free books at the Community Health Fair. “There is evidence to show that even a few minutes’ reading reduces stress levels so it’s lovely to be able to hand people a free book for them to keep or pass on.Some of this year’s World Book Night titles are on a list called Mood Boosting Books, which have been recommended by other readers as “feel-good” titles.”

Books handed out across the borough included “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce, “Assassin’s Apprentice” by Robin Hobb and “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death”. A poetry anthology and authors such as Lynda La Plante and Elif Shafak were also amongst the book giveaways, providing something for everyone.

More details about World Book Night can be found at

More details about Mood Boosting Books can be found at

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