Each year on World Book Night many SCL members and library staff across the country sign up to give books to communities or groups in their local area.

This year Neil MacInnes, SCL President and Head of Manchester Libraries, and Scott Scott Whitehouse Stock Services and Activities Officer at Staffordshire Library and Arts Service, blog about why WBN is important to them.

Neil MacInnes

I gifted to Lifeshare, an organisation that works with homeless yonng people and young people at risk of exploitation. The book was WONDER by R J Palacio. It’s a moving take about a disfigured boy with inner beauty. “You can’t blend in when you were meant to stand out.”

We do a lot of work with this organisation and their young people in Manchester, they have a shelf help collection which is popular and we will shortly be gifting an Ipad with ebooks and e magazines, which has been provided by our ebook supplier.

Scott Whitehouse

Perton Library are gifting copies of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan.

We are offering copies free throughout 23rd April at Perton Library and at a special book launch event with Birmingham author Andrew Lound who is talking about his book ‘R.M.S. Titanic: Made in the Midlands’ between 4pm – 6pm. You can find more information on our Twitter at @StaffsLibraries

We are also gifting books at the local supermarket in Perton, to the sheltered accommodation unit in the village and intend to keep some for our regular meeting of vulnerable adults – The Up for a Chat group.

It is important to us to use this opportunity to reach out to our community, both regular users of the library and those who perhaps have never visited to promote a love of reading for pleasure.