These students, pictured with Information and Learning Resource Manager Robert Curry, were among the first in the queue for free books given out as part of World Book Night. Pictured with Robert (L-R) are Hida-Alrahman Al-Badri, Agata Stachura and Renay Blake.Staff at Uxbridge College joined others around the world in distributing a total of a million free novels as part
Staff at Uxbridge College joined others around the world in distributing a total of a million free novels as part of World Book Night.
Five members of staff in the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) signed up for the project, and were each allocated 24 books to hand out.
The giveaway to students and staff started at 8.30am on Monday at the LRCs in Uxbridge and Hayes campuses, and they were all gone by lunchtime.
Robert Curry, Information and Learning Resource Manager, said: “We try to encourage students to read for pleasure as well as borrowing resources for their studies because it improves their literacy.
“I think this event has been a real success, and anything we can do which gets people picking up a book they might not otherwise have read is well worth it.”
The books given out were: Room by Emma Donoghue, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island.
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature as it is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare, and UNESCO’s international day of the book.
World Book Night, which is held to encourage people to read, is organized and funded with the help of supporters in the media and publishing industry.