World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April). Libraries across Wales hosted book-giving events and Prestatyn Library+ in Denbighshire was chosen by UK organisers The Reading Agency as the venue for the key ‘regional’ event for Wales. As well as giving away books they hosted two special events for families and crime fiction fans. [This is where the monsters and murder come in – Ed.]
Firstly, Doctor Who writer, Mark Wright spoke to an audience of over 90 adults and children from across north Wales about the inspiration for the Doctor Who monsters. Children received prizes for dressing up as The Doctor or one of the monsters from the TV series. Some of the children also brought along drawings of their own monster creations too and helped Mark with suggestions for new monsters.
“I loved seeing the kids so engaged and participating in the author’s talk!” said one participant in their feedback form.
“A fantastic event thoroughly enjoyed by all members of the family” said one participant in their feedback form.
Later, almost 50 avid crime-writing fans crowded upstairs in the library to hear Dagger Award winning crime writers Margaret Murphy and Cath Staincliffe, talking about their books and forensic science, followed by a lively Q&A session.
“Listening to the authors talk about their work and the writing process was excellent.” commented another participant.
Bethan Hughes, Reading Services Manager for Denbighshire Libraries commented: “World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.
“These events have shown that there is still a great appetite for reading from very young children upwards – we feel that we have been part of something really special and helped World Book Night spread a love of reading across Wales.”
There were lots of other WBN events taking place across Wales (and the UK) so you may see local or regional news about them. If you held an event and have good feedback and pictures please send them to the marketing team who can put them on their social media channels as appropriate. You can check out the Prestatyn event pictures in the album on the Welsh Libraries Facebook page.