World Book Night 2014

WBN 2014 LogoSwindon Central library is proud to be hosting an event as part of World Book Night 2014, the nationwide celebration of the reading, recommending and giving of books.

Now in its 4th year, World Book Night 2014 will take place on the 23rd April, UNESCO’s International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday.

World Book Night is an industry-wide initiative launched in 2011. It is a celebration of reading and books, which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift either specially chosen and printed WBN books or, for the first time this year, their own books in their communities to share their love of reading.

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

7:15pm: Meet the Book Givers in the Express Zone
8pm – 9:30pm: Quiz and Poetry in the café
7:45pm -10pm: Joss Whedon’s very modern take on ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in the Reading Room. No need to book in advance but seats for the film will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the night. Think Shakespeare isnt for you? “There is no reason why people who flock to Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods shouldn’t be just as entertained by a story full of jokes and romance and sly banter, even one that first played to audiences more than 400 years ago.” (Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 14th June, 2013.)

The café will also be open all evening!

Book BannerThe World Book Night Edition Books

Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo
Four Warned by Jeffrey Archer
A Perfect Murder by Peter James
Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab
Short Stories by Roald Dahl
Cherub: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Theodore Boone by John Grisham
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Whatever it Takes by Adele Parks
Geezer Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon
The Boy With the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera
59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman
Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels

Community Book Givers

This year for the first time there’s a new way to take part in World Book Night, as a Community Book Giver and you can register right up until close to the 23rd April.
As a Community Book Giver you choose – and provide – the book you give. You can choose to give any book you want – one you already own, or one you buy specially, new or second-hand.  You can also choose whoever you want to give the book to – a friend, a member of your community, a complete stranger.  What we ask is that you give your book with the aim of helping someone develop the same love of reading that you have.  And if you want to give more than one book, that’s amazing.
Register on the World Book Night website to be part of the community.

And remember that you can be a Community Book Giver whether you apply to give World Book Night Editions or not. We want everyone who loves books to celebrate by giving a book they love on April 23.

See the World Book Night Website for more information on World Book Night, events, the books and registering to be a Community Book Giver.

Have you been selected as a World Book Night Edition 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.