World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.
Things are moving fast as we finalise all our events for World Book Night on 23rd April 2013, the biggest literary event of the year.
There will be lots of events to celebrate right across the city and for those of you who fancy a ‘black tie’ event why not come to Edinburgh’s beautiful Central Library which will be transformed to host our World Book Nght flagship event for our flagship event, ‘World Book Night – Bond is back!’.
Each year WBN recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the WBN list to members of their community who don’t regularly read. By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey. In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.
A red carpet event for guests and givers to hear a star studded line up of authors…join us!
The legend of Greyfriars Bobby is known the world over, and we’re celebrating the life one of our city’s favourite characters with some very special events. Look out for more details over the coming days
Libraries are probably not your first thought if you or a member of your family are dyslexic but our 3 year partnership with Dyslexia Scotland has changed that in Edinburgh and made a real difference
In line with this thrilling year of Sport, come and toast the Dyslexia Awareness Week programme in style with a glass of bubbly, in the company of great representatives from the sporting world, all of them Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland…be mesmerised by Keith Cook, fencing champion and inspired by Paul McNeill, Scottish Football Association and Chris Tiso of Tiso Group Limited.
A new unique centre dedicated to the collection and dissemination of information on Scotland’s contribution to World War 1 opens next week.
The World War 1 History Hub, located in Edinburgh Central Library is the first such initiative in the United Kingdom and the result of a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.
A visually stimulating, dedicated space where the history of Scotland’s contribution to WW1 is brought alive for all generations.
The main focus of the WW1 Hub will be to run workshops and seminars, and carry out military and diaspora genealogy research. Members of the public will have the chance to talk to experts and to find the story of their own family’s World War One history. There will also be a programme of poetry, art and music events, bringing Edinburgh during 1914-1918 to life.