First there was World Book Day back in March (you can read about our WBD escapades here!), and now April's brought us World Book Night!
World Book Night is organised by The Reading Agency and takes place on International World Book Day; events are often held in the evening, hence the name! The aim of the evening is to encourage people to discover (or re-discover!) the joys of reading through the provision of free specially-published editions of selected titles.
Colleges, schools, workplaces and community groups can apply to be picked to be a 'World Book Night Book-Giver', and if selected, will receive a limited stock of special World Book Night titles! Our brilliant Librarian, Rebecca, applied on the College's behalf, and we were lucky enough to get picked! Rebecca secured 36 copies of The Martian by Andy Weir and 18 copies of Skellig by David Almond, which were free to HNC staff and students.
Rebecca Wilson, College Librarian, said “As a Library we are always trying to not just support students and staff with teaching and learning but to enrich their lives with the healthy habit of reading a good book or two. As it was our first role as a World Book Night Book-Giver, we did wonder if the choice and stock of the titles graciously provided would draw in a crowd but the copies disappeared quickly... It seems no one can say no to a good book, especially when it’s free! I'll keep my fingers crossed that we are chosen to be book-givers again next year.”