HUNDREDS of book lovers in Gloucestershire will be taking part in this year’s World Book Night this month.
World Book Night will be celebrated on April 23, which falls on playwright William Shakespeare’s birthday and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s International Day of the Book.
It will see thousands of people throughout the country gift books to within their community to spread the joy of reading.
Gloucestershire Libraries and Information service are supporting people in the county who are one of the 20,000 givers by having 26 libraries as collection points.
This year, givers will be distributing 20 free copies of one of the books from the World Book Night list, which has 400,000 books.
Further books will be distributed directly to prisons and libraries through charitable partners.
Famous author Martina Cole said: “Books have been a constant fixture in my life since I was very young. I may have played truant a lot but I was more often than not reading in a library. And I've passed that passion on to my children and grandchildren.”