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World Book Day

(28 February 2020)

Library and Collections will be celebrating World Book Day on 5 March, with a range of activities taking place all week long. Join in at our different sites and online #WorldBookDay

Blind Date with a book: broaden your reading horizon by picking up a mystery library book. At our libraries you will find some books wrapped in brown paper and just a brief description. Just issue it to yourself using the barcode on the front. Research shows that reading has a positive impact on your well-being, improves your vocabulary and helps you relax.

• Bill Bryson Library, Leazes Rd, ISC (Queen’s Campus), Business School Library

• Running 2-8 March

Share a story – are you sitting comfortably?: As part of our Café Culture programme we invite you to pop into Small Island Coffee (Bill Bryson Library), and just sit and listen to someone reading you a story. You can come in any time during the session and stay for however long you wish. It’s a great way to take 20 minutes out from studying and refresh your mind.

• Bill Bryson Library

• Thursday 5 March

• 5pm-6.30pm (you can arrive and leave at any point)

Write of passage – recommend your favourite book: If you have a favourite book title, why not tell everyone about it. At our different sites you will find post-it notes and a sharing board. Just write down the title of your favourite book and stick it on the board. Look to see what other people are recommending; maybe there’s something you fancy trying.

• Bill Bryson Library, Leazes Rd, ISC, Business School Library

• Oriental Museum, Palace Green Library, World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

• Online via Twitter @dulib #WorldBookDay

• 2-8 March

Bookstagram 101: We’ll be showcasing staff favourite books from our Palace Green Library collections on Instagram. You’ll find a picture of the title and/or a significant page that showcases fun or interesting details about the provenance or binding of a book, or intriguing pictures, annotations, etc.

• Online via Instagram @palacegreenlib #WorldBookDay

• 2-8 March

Book sale and exchange: Bring your pre-loved (fiction) books to Bill Bryson Library. You can swap it for another one. Or just come and choose something new to read and leave a donation.

• Bill Bryson Library

• 5 March

Book Aid International: The Library will donate all fines paid on World Book Day to Book Aid International. So make 5 March your day to pay off any library fines! To find out more about the fantastic work this organisation does, check out their website

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