Booking a treat

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AVID readers in north Northumberland are in for a treat this weekend, as the county goes book-crazy for World Book Night on Saturday.

The initiative, aimed at celebrating adult books and reading, will see one million free books given away nationally by 20,000 passionate readers to other members of the public.

In Alnwick and Belford, the county council’s deputy chief executive Kate Roe and executive councillor Jim Smith will be visiting venues to give away copies of murder mystery Case Histories by Kate Atkinson.

They will be at Bell View Resource Centre in Belford, the new community book point, from 10.30am to noon and Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick between 1.30pm and 3pm on Saturday.

Kate said: “World Book Night is set to be a truly wonderful celebration of reading, writing, and sharing. I can’t wait to start handing out the copies of my chosen book and look forward to meeting visitors at the new community book point at Bell View and leisure centre users at Alnwick.”

Coun Smith added: “This is a brilliant idea which we hope will have an enormously positive impact on books and reading. Our libraries have been delighted to act as collection points and many are also putting on special activities linked to the event.”

Sixty-eight people in Northumberland have been named as book-givers and have chosen to collect their books from a local library.

In Alnwick, Mel Whewell will be opening the doors of her home to friends and neighbours to give away copies of A Life Like Other People’s by Alan Bennett.

Local libraries and other council facilities are also putting on special events to celebrate the occasion.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the events in Northumberland libraries, and those who are not already library members will be given information on how to join.