Stuart Williams ready to read and give away books at Bloxwich Library (Pic by Steve Mohammed)
Dateline: 6 March 2011
Saurday night was World Book Night, which amazingly not only took over BBC2 for much of the evening but also saw 20,000 people giving away a million favourite books throughout the evening and across the UK and Ireland.
And thanks to local writer, historian and Bloxidge Tallygraph Edditer Stuart Williams joining forces with management and staff of Bloxwich Library, World Book Night also came to Bookmark Bloxwich, in a small event at the Elmore Row library which took place alongside the Tiger, Tiger poetry night in Bloxwich Library Theatre, of which more news in due course.
Stuart was kept busy in the library foyer numbering and giving away free specially printed World Book Night collectors editions of NORTHERN LIGHTS, the first book in the legendary fantasy/science fiction trilogy 'His Dark Materials' by top author Philip Pullman, between 7.30pm-9pm.
He also read for a half-hour at 8pm from NORTHERN LIGHTS, which was adapted for the silver screen in 2007 as THE GOLDEN COMPASS starring Daniel Craig.
Stuart Williams said "Thanks to World Book Night I had the considerable pleasure of giving away 48 copies of one of the finest fantasy/SF books of recent years, and really enjoyed meeting fellow readers on the night. It was a great opportunity to promote books, reading - and Bloxwich Library, and it's always a pleasure to work with my friends and colleagues at the borough's finest branch!"
Several reserved books were not collected on the night, but they will be kept at the library for collection for up to two weeks. If your name is on the reserved list, you should drop into Bloxwich Library as soon as possible to claim your book, as unclaimed copies will eventually be given away to other readers and availability cannot be guaranteed.
Mobile Libraries joined in the fun
Three other WBN special edition books were given away by libraries and council staff on board the new Mobile One Library which was parked up at Sainsbury's Reedswood Superstore between 4pm-6pm, where almost 150 books were snapped up in just an hour, emphatically joining in with the World Book Night success at Bloxwich Library!
All book givers for World Book Night are volunteers, giving books on their own initiative without payment, with the support of the World Book Night organisation, authors and the publishing industry. Thanks are also due to Waterstones book store in Park Street, Walsall, which acted as the local pick-up point for World Book Night deliveries to givers.
For more about Philip Pullman's books, why not check out his website via this link!
For further information on WBN, follow this link to the official website: World Book Night.