It’s that time of year again to turn off the telly, put your feet up and get stuck into a good book. 7 March is World Book Day and Islington is joining in the global celebration of the written word by holding a whole host of events.
Two new bookswaps are being launched this week at Sobell Leisure Centre and Cally Pool. Launched by Aquaterra, they offer the perfect opportunity to widen your reading repertoire for no cost. Literature fans come and pick up a book in return for an old book of their own. This will follow the successful bookswap that has been running for some time at Archway Leisure Centre.
A range of £1 books will be available to buy with vouchers that all children in Islington can receive, either from school or from Islington libraries at Baby Bounce and Under Fives sessions throughout the week. The books on offer this year include Hang In There Bozo by Lauren Child, Horrid Henry’s Guide to Perfect Parents by Francesca Simon and Bitter Sweet by Cathy Cassidy.
Islington libraries will be holding a series of events and challenges. The Six Book Challenge encourages less confident readers aged 16 and over to keep a diary of six things they have read – whether it is books, articles, poems or even digital games. Participants receive a certificate upon completion, which may help them feel a lot more confident in their reading ability.
An international feel will be brought to the day by bilingual author Sylvia Rosech, from Brazil, who will be reading from her book The Mystery of the Scratched Table in both English and Portuguese at Central Library. Turkish writer Fatiha Erdogan will also be hosting an event at Mildmay Library – part of an initiative for the London Book Fair by the British Council, which is supporting 20 Turkish writers who have come to the UK.
Five new Quick Reads will be released on the day, including the March book of the month: The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard by Minette Walters. These books, specially written by well known authors, are aimed to be quick, easy and accessible for more people to read.
Islington Reads is an initiative driven by residents, alongside the council, to encourage local people to read. The aim is to improve people’s lives, as better literacy rates mean better job opportunities as well as numerous other benefits.
As well as numerous other event and competitions at local libraries, many schools will be holding their own celebrations which will include fancy dress – so don’t be surprised if you walk past a Harry Potter or two on your way home from work today.