Celebrate World Book Night 2022 with a free book

Celebrate World Book Night 2022 with Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries, and collect your FREE book gift bag from Shrewsbury or Telford Health Library on Friday 29th April 2022 between 8.30 and 17.00 - while stocks last.

De-stress with a good book.  Get lost in a good murder with a free copy of 'The Dinner Guest' by B P Walter. The tragic end to an intimate dinner in an affluent West London home unearths a mesh of secrets and deception in this chilling, ingeniously plotted domestic noir.

On a similar theme, why not try your hand at our Murder Mystery Puzzle competition? You could win a book token!

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place in April every year.  Books are given out across the UK to enable people to re-discover the pleasure of reading.  World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers.

What are the benefits of reading for pleasure?

  • 19% of readers say that reading stops them from feeling lonely
  • Higher literacy skills are associated with a range of positive societal benefits, including having a stronger sense of belonging to society and being more likely to trust others.
  • Studies have found that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and the ability to understand one’s own and others’ identities
  • Regular readers for pleasure reported fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation from reading than from watching television or engaging with technology intensive activities
  • Those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure is associated with better sleeping patterns
  • Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction
  • A study of 1,136 self-reported ‘avid-readers’, indicates that shared reading experiences and recommendations supporting choice are key influences on positive attitudes towards reading