Worcestershire Libraries handing out 500 free books

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Five hundred books will be gifted to people across Worcestershire who don’t have regular access to books or not in the habit of reading.

The copies of the bestselling novel ‘Paris for One’ are being donated by Worcestershire County Council’s Library Service to coincide with World Book Night which is on April 23.

The books will be distributed at locations across the county, including the Refugee Resettlement Programme, Breastfeeding Groups and Ukraine English Classes, as part of Worcestershire Libraries’ service commitment to promoting literacy and fostering a love for reading. 

Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: “We are thrilled to partner with The Reading Agency to gift 500 copies of 'Paris for One' by Jojo Moyes.”

“Books have the power to transform lives, and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of reading. By distributing these books to people who have more limited access to books, we hope to inspire a love for reading, foster community engagement, and promote literacy among diverse populations."

World Book Night, which sees the library service partner with the Reading Agency, aims to provide access to engaging and enjoyable books to individuals who may face barriers to reading, such as refugees and immigrants who are building a new life in the community and English language learners looking to improve their language skills. 

The gift of 'Paris for One' is intended to inspire and encourage individuals to discover the joy and benefits of reading, fostering a sense of community, and promoting the importance of literacy.

The Reading Agency is a leading UK charity that promotes the importance of reading for pleasure and supports public libraries and their reading initiatives. The partnership between Worcestershire Libraries and The Reading Agency reflects their shared commitment to making books accessible to all and promoting reading as a valuable and enriching activity that can have a positive impact on individuals and communities.

For more information about Worcestershire Libraries please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries