Shiregreen residents who don’t regularly read are being inspired to discover the joy and benefits it can bring as part of World Book Night.
Staff from Sanctuary Housing are giving out free copies of novel The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond to locals at locations around Shiregreen including residents at Sycamore Heights, a new housing scheme for the over-55s.
World Book Night on Sunday April 23 – the date of Shakespeare’s birth and passing – is a national celebration of books organised by The Reading Agency, which focuses on reaching those who don’t regularly read to help them become more confident and enthusiastic readers.
Leading housing provider Sanctuary is joining other organisations including prisons, libraries and homeless shelters for this year’s targeted campaign to reach groups including older people, parents and pregnant women, and young people who don’t read for pleasure.
As well as handing out books, further events are being organised including at Sycamore Heights where residents will come together to talk about the book and share their thoughts on reading next week.
Sophie Kirk, Sanctuary Housing’s partnerships officer for Shiregreen, said: “Gifting books across the community is a way that we can help share the joy of reading to our residents and support them to improve their skills. A good book can open up a whole new world of opportunity and adventure to a reader.”
After World Book Night 2015, The Reading Agency found that 80 per cent of recipients, who previously never read or read less than once a month, said they had read more since. A follow-up survey on the 2016 event found 72 per cent had recommended the book to someone else while 37 per cent had borrowed more books from the library.