County gears up for World Book Night

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AVID readers are in for a treat as the county marks World Book Night on Saturday.

The initiative is aimed at celebrating adult books and reading, with more than one million being given away for free nationally.

A total of 68 people in the county have been named as book-givers and have chosen to collect their books from a local library.

Bedlington resident John Batey has taken the unusual step of touring pubs in Bedlington and Bedlington Station to give away copies of the classic All Quiet on the Western Front.

At Morpeth Library, local author Janet Mcleod Trotter will be giving out her chosen book The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie while dressed in 1930s costume from 10.30am to noon. She will also be reading extracts.

Members of Morpeth Library’s visually impaired reading group will also be offering free loans of audio book versions of the short-listed titles.

Libraries are holding events on Saturday, including a quiz at Blyth Library from 10am to 11.30am and again at Ashington Library from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Questions include general knowledge, World Book Night titles and a children’s round. Tickets cost £2 from the library or on (01670) 361352 for Blyth or (01670) 813245 for Ashington.