Sutton’s Library Service - for many years admired throughout the country for its innovative approach in encouraging reading - will be giving away free books on Thursday, 23 April.
The giveaway is to celebrate World Book Night held annually to encourage book reading. The Enjoy Sutton shuttle bus will be trundling up and down Sutton High Street from 3pm, with libraries staff handing out free books.
In addition, staff from borough library branches at Wallington, Westcroft, Cheam and Sutton Life Centre will be giving out free books in their local communities throughout Thursday afternoon. The handouts will be in Wallington, around Carshalton and Westcroft Leisure Centre and from 4pm at Tesco, Oldfields Road, Kimpton Park Way.
Free books will also be up for grabs at Cheam Library, as well as 'Guess the Book Title' quizzes for adults and children from 2pm.
The books will include a special Sutton bookmark, encouraging people to join the library service and enabling members to hire a DVD for free.
World Book Night is an annual celebration encouraging and promoting the benefits of reading for pleasure through The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to give them an equal chance in life.
Angela Fletcher, Head of Libraries and Heritage Services at Sutton Council, said: “From improved well-being to reduced stress and increased creativity, reading for pleasure has so many benefits. There is also overwhelming evidence that literacy and a love of reading can break cycles of disadvantage.
“That is why we want everyone in Sutton to become a member of our outstanding library service – and what better way to encourage people to get involved at their local branch than by handing out free books? So please come and have a chat to our friendly library staff and start reading for pleasure.”