World Book night celebrated at Suffolk’s libraries

Written by MiriamSpall on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 18:07

World Book night celebrated at Suffolk’s libraries

A series of events are taking place to mark World Book Night next week. World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April this year. The national campaign is organised by the Reading Agency with the aim of encouraging people who don’t read regularly or own books.

Volunteers round the country give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading. For more information about World Book Night visit

The following events are taking place in Suffolk’s libraries to encourage people to visit their library and pick up a book (all events are on World Book Night (23 April) except the Capel St Mary event which is on the day after):  

Have a hoot at Lowestoft Library

  •  There’s a distinct owl theme to World Book night at Lowestoft Library on Thursday 23 April.
  • Fritton Owl Sanctuary is bringing an array of beautiful owls to the library between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
  • At the same time the library is hosting a Harry Potter themed event celebrate World Book Night and there will be games, quizzes and pumpkin juice. Both events are running in the library at the same time. They are both free and anyone is welcome to come along on the day.

Pick up a book at Great Cornard Library Great Cornard Library will be offering the chance to pick up a free World Book Night book or bring along an old book for a book swap between 5pm and 7pm.

Art, crafts, cakes and bingo at Gainsborough Gainsborough Community Library will be giving out free books from 5pm until 9pm and also holding a book and cake sale. The café will be open for refreshments. From 5pm to 7pm there will be a family craft session with flag making and dragon crafts and from 7pm to 9pm there will be a bingo session. There will also be the official unveiling of a new piece of art, produced by local artist Natalie Bernthal for the library.

Rosehill Library quiz To celebrate World Book Night Rosehill Library in Ipswich will be holding a general knowledge quiz night, with free World Book Night books to give away as well as a donated book sale. Please contact the library to take part. The event will run from 5pm to 9pm.

ook readings at Ipswich Library Ipswich County Library are holding a recitation and book give-away in the library’s Lecture Hall from 7pm. Readings will be from library staff and friends from the community including

  • Ally Riley – Water for Elephants
  • Maureen Garrett - Chickenfeed
  • Hayley Warren – My sister lives on the mantelpiece
  • Kate Byford – Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
  • Gee Harvey – Harold Fry
  • Harry Man - poetry.

Dragons at Kesgrave Library Kesgrave Library will be providing fun dragon crafts and stories from 6pm to 7.30pm. Anyone is welcome to come along in their ‘onesie’ and enjoy the evening with some cookies and milk. The library will be handing out adult fiction books.

Carolyn Soutar is visiting Newmarket library Carolyn Soutar, the author of Rudolf Nureyev and Dave Allen biographies will be at the library to talk about her writing career and answer your questions.

Nicola Upson at Capel Library Suffolk-based author Nicola Upson will be giving a talk at Capel St Mary Library on Friday 24 April at 7.15pm. Nicola’s debut novel, ‘An Expert in Murder’ was published in 2006 and she has since published four further books featuring the Golden Age detective Josephine Tey. In 2013 she published ‘The Death of Lucy Kyte’ which is about the Red Barn Murder in Polstead. There will also be a display of recent reading lists from local book groups, and after the talk there will be a chance to discuss suggested books to read. Tickets are £5.

Please contact the library on 01473 311699. James Powell Marketing and Communications Manager  

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