World Book Night 2020

Run by the Reading Agency, World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place on Shakespeare’s Birthday, the 23rd April.

People from all backgrounds are brought together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. 

Anyone and everyone can be involved!  Whether you read a lot or don’t know when you last picked up a book, join us for Reading Hour from 7pm – 8pm and try a book!

You can choose to read quietly to yourself or share a story with children at bedtime, or you may prefer to listen to an audiobook, just spend an hour with a book!

Take a photo and share on social media using #ReadingHour to see what others are reading.

Try Our Library Quiz!

How well do you know your books?  We’ve taken the first line from some popular titles, how many do you recognise? 

Play with family members – who knows the most?!  Choose your quiz:

Childrens Books

Adults Books

Celebrate World Book Night with Joseph Coelho and The National Shelf Service

The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians and run by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group.

Run by The Reading Agency, World Book Night sees people come together on the 23rd April to celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.

To mark World Book Day, the National Shelf Service has created a special series of broadcasts.  This programme will feature ten broadcasts, one every hour starting at 11am, with eBook recommendations for children and young people.  

A live bedtime story reading from award winning poet and author Joseph Coelho will commence at 7pm to celebrate World Book Night Reading Hour.

Speaking about the National Shelf Service, Joseph Coelho said, “In all uncertain times books provide not only an escape but also a means to find hope, companionship and comfort.  As always libraries are essential in providing much needed access.  The National Shelf Service is a wonderful reminder that during the current difficulties books can still be borrowed from your local library digitally and with them access to a universe of comfort, companionship and hope”