World Book Night – and a very special van

Home Delivery vanWe are delighted that our Home Delivery application to be an “institutional book giver” for World Book Night has been successful. 

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23rd April. The aim of the initiative is to share a love of books and reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t normally read for pleasure. 

Our Home Delivery Service uses a small van to deliver books to customers who are unable to visit their local library because of ill-health, frailty or mobility issues.  We visit people in their own homes, in sheltered housing and in nursing homes. 

Thanks to World Book Night we will have 18 copies of each of these titles:

Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels
Four Warned by Jeffrey Archer
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

to give out to residents of sheltered housing and nursing homes who have lost the reading habit.

Now we can’t wait for 23rd April.

In the meantime if you know someone who might be interested in receiving the Home Delivery Service, here are some quick facts:

  • We can deliver books in all formats (ordinary print, large print and audio)
  • We deliver items every three weeks
  • We can deliver up to 20 books per customer per visit
  • The service is completely free (no charge for requests or overdue items)
  • The service is based in Caldicot Library but is a county wide service and available to anyone living in Monmouthshire

Please contact Caldicot Library for more information.

World Book Night 23 April 2014

Fablibrarian: World Book Night with Friends and other World Book Night givers in Caldicot Library

World Book Night Caldicot

Thank you to all our Friends and World Book Night givers (pictured above) for all their support yesterday.

We had a fantastic day; first of all at the town market where we set up a stall and gave out World Book Night books to people walking past. It was a great opportunity to meet people who might not normally use the library and it was so sunny two of us got sunburnt!

For me the book buzz continued at Archbishop Rowan Williams School in Portskewett. With the support of the head teacher, Mr Murphy, we run an intergenerational reading group with some of the children and some of our older customers. Every session is lovely; the children are very enthusiastic and confident readers and the adults get real pleasure from joining in the discussion about the month’s chosen title.

In the evening the library hosted a World Book Night celebration. The evening started with four of the World Book Night givers talking passionately about some of the World Book Night titles. The plan had been to follow this with some refreshments, and then to move on to the book giving but everyone was so enthused about the books that nobody followed me into the meeting room! Instead everyone rushed over to speak to the World Book Night givers dotted around the library and listening to the library buzzing with book conversations was a lovely end to a fantastic day.

A special thanks to all our Friends for their support, both at the stall in the morning and during the evening celebration.

World Book Night at Chepstow Library

Members of U3A Bookworms with their chosen book, The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Members of U3A Bookworms with their chosen book, The Siege by Helen Dunmore

Chepstow Library celebrated World Book Night with an evening of favourite books chosen by locally based reading groups and library staff. Those lucky enough to attend were treated to extracts from a wide range of thought provoking books.

Members of Between the Covers with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Members of Between the Covers with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Chepstow Library has an extensive collection of reading group sets  and is keen to support both established reading groups and those setting up. Please visit the library or phone 01291 635730 if you want to find out more.

Library staff Shirley and Sallyanne with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Library staff Shirley and Sallyanne with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

What do librarians love most? Spreading the word about good books!

Please join us on Tuesday 23rd April at 7pm for our World Book Night celebration in Caldicot Library. Free books and free refreshments, what more could anyone want from an evening event?

If you know someone who hasn’t read a book in ages please encourage them to come along. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a wonderful book and thanks to our World Book Night givers there will be lots of free books given out during the evening. Everyone is welcome.

We (and some of our Friends) are also giving out World Book Night books in the town market from 10am until 12 noon.

World Book Night 2013
The photo shows us with some of the World Book Night books. Here’s a snippet of some of our conversations about these books:

  • Forgotten just how heart-wrenching this book is! (Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman)
  • A fascinating and intriguing story about Ireland’s past, divided loyalties and secrets (The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry)
  • There is a dark undercurrent to this wonderful story but it was also warm and hopeful – and I loved it! (The Road Home by Rose Tremain)
  • I gave this book to my Mum for Christmas, she told me off afterwards as it had made her cry so much! (Me Before You by Jojo Moyes)

For more information about what is happening in Caldicot Library, plus reviews of the books we’ve been reading, take a look at our blog or follow us on twitter.


World Book Night is an annual event dedicated to the promotion of literacy and the celebration and enjoyment of reading with the giving of books.

Monmouth Library will be celebrating the event with local authors Julia Gregson (winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year with ‘East of the Sun’ and author of ‘Jasmine Nights’) M.R.Hall (author of ‘The Chosen Dead’ and ‘The Coroner’) and Maureen Lindley (author of ‘Private Papers of Eastern Jewel’ and the forthcoming ‘A Girl Like You’) on Tuesday 23 April. Our writers will also be participating in a Question and Answer session.

Admission is free, with tickets available from Monmouth Library. Doors open at 7:15 and the event will start at 7:30. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Monmouth Library (01600 775215)

Events at Monmouth Library

Monmouth Library organised an Easter Egg Colouring Competition which received plenty of colourful and imaginative entries.  Amanda Greave aged 3 and Karolina Florczak aged 6 were the lucky winners of an Easter Egg.

Monmouth Library was asked by the Three Counties Community Play organisers to attend sessions being held at Wyesham and Rockfield. 

Sue Wallbank and Eira Lewis went to Wyesham on Wednesday 11th April and Julia Greenway and Eira Lewis went to Rockfield on Saturday 14th April.  The sessions were a great success with the children enjoying story sessions.

Monmouth Library held a very successful World Book Night on Monday 23rd April with local author Julia Gregson joining readers from the local community and from reading groups who use Monmouth Library. 

Members of the Welsh Reading Group acted out Under Milk Wood which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.