Kingston library celebrated the first annual World Book Night on Saturday with an evening dedicated to giving away books for free.
The evening also included a performance by Tiffin Grammar School choir and readings by a number of London poets.
The library’s Reading Resources Manager, Alison Townsend, who organised the event, said: “It’s proved very popular with a really good turnout, I think it’s been a great success. It’s really encouraging to see how much the community values Kingston library and books in general.”
Over a hundred books were given away for free on the night, which were donated by members of the public over the past few months.
Kingston university student Rachel Bernadi, 21, was pleased to have bagged herself a free book.
“I wanted to come along tonight and show my support for the library. It’s so much quieter than the LRCs on campus – here there’s a totally different atmosphere, it’s a great place to come and chill out,” she said.
World Book Night has evolved from its sister event, the long-running World Book Day, which is designed to encourage children to read more. The new event was the most ambitious and widespread celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.
A total of one million books by 25 different prominent authors, including Alan Bennett, were given away.
The global event was kicked off in style the previous night with a glamorous evening in Trafalgar Square compered by television host Graham Norton and attended by thousands of book-lovers.
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