Book initiative aims to help people learn the joy of reading

Opening of Rye Library, 24/1/11'Elaine Clarke (Children's Librarian) ENGSNL00120110124110936
Opening of Rye Library, 24/1/11'Elaine Clarke (Children's Librarian) ENGSNL00120110124110936

Libraries in East Sussex are gearing up to take part in an initiative aimed at helping people experience the joy of reading.

East Sussex County Council’s libraries and information service was backing World Book Night, on Thursday, April 23, which targets the 35 percent of the population who don’t read for pleasure.

The event saw 19 volunteers across the county collect from their local library special World Book Night editions of 20 specially selected World Book Night titles and distribute them in the community.

Valerie Wright, East Sussex County Council library operations team manager, said: “Apart from being an immensely pleasurable experience, reading is recognised as having benefits for health and wellbeing.

“World Book Night is also a great chance for people to reconnect with the joy of reading by enjoying one or more of the specially-selected books.”

The full list of the 20 selected books, which cover a range of genres including crime, poetry, non-fiction and science fiction, is available online at www.worldbooknight.org/books.