World Book Night, April 23rd, 2013.

World Book Night 2013Swindon Central library is proud to be hosting an event as part of World Book Night 2013, the nationwide celebration of the reading, recommending and giving of books. Meet the Book givers and pick up FREE books! Take part in a Book Quiz interspersed with poetry or see “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” presented by the Swindon Film Society (free tickets available on the night, 15mins before the showing, first come first served).

Now in its third year, World Book Night 2013 will take place on the 23rd April, UNESCO’s International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday. It is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed World Book Night books in their communities to share their love of reading.  By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so.  But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.

Celebrate World Book Night with us at the Central Library with a fantastic programme of FREE events.

7:15pm     What’s the story?….your chance to meet the Book Givers in the Express Zone and pick up FREE books.

8pm – 9:30pm    World Book Night Quiz with poetic interludes from poet Hilda Sheehan in the cafe.


8pm -10pm     Swindon Film Society will be showing  ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in the Reading Room

The café will also be open all evening!World Book Night 2013

Have you been selected as a Book Giver or just want to know more?

We would also like to invite any Swindon ‘book givers’ to come along on the night to talk about their choice and why they feel passionate about it so do let us know if you are selected as a book giver.

Contact Leon Flower via email at for more details or to let us know if you have been selected as a book giver.

See the World Book Night Website for more information on World Book Night, events and details of all the books. You can also borrow these great books from Swindon Libraries.World Book Night Poster

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

A Little History of the World by E.H Gombrich

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Damage by Josephine Hart

The Island by Victoria Hislop

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

Last Night Another Soldier… by Andy McNab

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Reader by Bernard Schlink

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner