It’s World Book Night on Monday 23 April and Explore York Libraries and Archives are asking people to celebrate in five ways. People can give one of their own favourite books to Bookcase For All via their local library to pass on to a local homeless or vulnerable person, donate a new copy of their favourite book to a library for others to enjoy, encourage a friend or neighbour to join the library, join the World Book Night Goodreads community and tell everyone which books they would choose to give to inspire a love of reading and ask a member of staff or volunteer to recommend a book that has inspired them. All libraries will have displays of books recommended by their staff and volunteers.


Bookcase for All is a local York initiative that gives donated books to homeless or vulnerable people at fortnightly sessions – more information here

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t read regularly, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters. Members of the public also get involved and share their love of reading by giving their own or newly-bought books to people in their communities.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers. Because everything changes when we read.