Spreading the joy of reading on World Book Night

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens and thousands of people gift books within their communities to spread the joy and love of reading. In 2012 Book Night will be celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA.

Five titles are specially chosen and printed in their thousands in World Book Night editions. Givers apply to give away a particular book (you get a first, second and third choice) which they must commit to give away to those who don't regularly read to share and spread their love of reading. Each Giver receives 24 copies which they pick up from their local bookshops and libraries - the very heart of our reading communities - in the week before 23 April.

Edinburgh City Libraries are celebrating by having library staff giving out books at libraries and other locations. There is also a big event at 6.30pm in the Reference Library in Central Library on George IV Bridge starring Maggie O'Farrell, who has been consistently requested on the evaluation forms at the library service's 'Edinburgh Reads' events programme for more than 2 years - a real local coup for Edinburgh!

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