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Posted on: 22/04/2016


Scores of enthusiastic book lovers descended on Morpeth School, for its Big Book Give Away on Thursday 21st April 2016.

The event was held to mark World Book Night, an annual celebration of books and to encourage people to read.

Up to 200 adults and children queued to pick up hundreds of books being given away in the school, for free.

Event organiser, Morpeth librarian Amanda Ball said:

“We want to share our love of reading with the wider Tower Hamlets community, and decided our Big Book Give Away would be the best way to do this.

“We started by appealing for donations and ended up with over a 1,000 fiction and non-fiction books, ranging from adult and teen to children and comic books, as well as donations of new publications from the World Book Night organisers.

“The whole idea is to get good books in to the hands of people in the community, who don’t necessarily have access to lots of literature at home.

“A big thanks goes out to everyone who donated books and to everyone who helped make the event such a success; it was our first one and we look forward to doing it again next year.”  

Tower Hamlets resident, Rebecca Durand said: “ I teach ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for adults in the borough and I’ve picked up books to take to them to read.

“It’s a great event and exciting to see so many people rushing to pick up books.”

World Book Night is organised by The Reading Agency.

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