Inspired by the slogan "because everything changes when we read," World Book Night U.K was celebrated yesterday. The annual initiative, which is run by the Reading Agency, "brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners--publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations--to inspire more people to read," according to organizers.
Volunteers focus upon reaching those who don't regularly read by giving selected books through various organizations, including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters. Individuals also give out books within their own communities. Here are a few highlights from social media yesterday:
World Book Night U.K.: "It's #LondonMarathon day today and we're cheering on the runners & their brilliant causes. We're also giving 26 books, one for each mile!"
Literacy Trust: "What book would you give to someone who doesn't usually read? That's the question @WorldBookNight is asking today."
Canongate CEO Jamie Byng: "To celebrate @WorldBookNight give a book (or several), whether from your home or bought from a bookshop & give them to people you don't know."
Give a Book: "Spreading the word at Chelsea library ahead of World Book night! @ChelseaLibrary @WorldBookNight #giveabook."
Cumbria Libraries: "Mechanical Movable Type by @Commonerschoir singing in Carlisle Library for #worldbooknight @ace_national @readingagency @WorldBookNight".
Waterstones Glasgow: "Today / Tonight is World Book Night! There's still time to pick up something you love to pass on to others!"
Booktrust (for Mr. Bean fans): "Hooray! It's #WorldBookNight tonight... how will you be celebrating?"
Author Vaseem Khan, whose book The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra was one of this year's WBN selections, wrote: "Over the course of the past year I have spoken at numerous schools, to children of varying degrees of reading ability, to adult groups who find reading a challenge (I am scheduled to speak to a drug recovery group next month), and run a library book group for east London residents, many of whom do not count English as a first language.... What struck me was how vulnerable those who struggle with the written word can be made to feel, if they are not positively encouraged. Initiatives such as World Book Night are a clarion call to educators everywhere to set our shoulders squarely to the wheel.... There is no magic bullet in this fight--but initiatives such as World Book Night are another step towards the light."