Staff gave out the books to a range of community members – including Great Parks craft group Crafty Copper, attendees at Torquay’s Windmill Community Centre, parents from Watcombe Primary School and residents from Sanctuary’s Coleridge Court retirement living scheme – in celebration of the national event, which is designed to inspire a love of reading among those who don’t read on a regular basis.
Julie Rowntree from Watcombe Primary School said: “It’s really kind of Sanctuary to give their books to us and we can’t wait to get started on them! Some of our children are involved in a book trail and having new books to read always inspires both them and their parents to get stuck in.”
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We’re always looking for new ways to support our residents to improve their skills and World Book Night has given us a great opportunity to do that.”
The books on offer include ‘The Rotters’ Club’ by Jonathan Coe, ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ by Holly Bourne and Lucy Diamond’s ‘A Baby at the Beach Café’.
World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. It is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.