Libraries gift free books to mark World Book Day

This story was published 25 February 2022

Budding young readers are being enticed into their local library with the promise of a free book as Scarborough and Ryedale libraries celebrate World Book Day (March 3).

Child reading a book

In partnership with the National Literacy Trust, the county’s library service is offering a free book from a special World Book Day selection to children and young people who hold a free library membership.

As well as the book giveaway on March 3, a host of activities will take place throughout the week to mark its 25 anniversary.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “I look forward to World Book Day every year. I remember my childhood favourites with great affection and would encourage every parent and carer to take their children to the library to join in this special celebration.

“I’m delighted the National Literacy Trust chose libraries as partners to share the gift of free books. Our dedicated staff and volunteers are also going the extra mile in holding a series of activities to bring people through the doors.”

Throughout the week More Than Books Eastfield Community Hub is hosting a guess the author trail and Malton and Scarborough libraries are running a design a book cover event.

A number of primary schools will be visiting libraries to celebrate a shared love of books and to learn about the resources available. World Book Day displays will adorn the shelves with something for every child’s taste.

A number of libraries are running story trails and quizzes such as Guess the Emoji. Please contact your local library to find out what’s on offer. See opening times and details of current services.