World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that took place on 23 April this year.
Volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. The event is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity which inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.
Karen Everitt, Long Road Sixth Form College Learning Resource Centre Manager, says: “We have been selected to distribute books to celebrate this year’s event. Books we are giving away are The Moaning of Life and Street Cat Bob. As well as sharing the benefits of reading with some of our students we are also sending some copies to local charities such as Jimmy’s Night Shelter, Emmaus and Centre 33. We have also sent books to Ward S3 at Addenbrookes and the Ida Darwin at Fulbourn. In recent surveys reading has been shown to be beneficial to all-round health and well-being, and the staff of the Learning Resource Centre are thrilled to be taking part in such a worthwhile event.
The Moaning of Life
The Moaning of Life is based on a British travel documentary television series which was broadcast on Sky1. It follows Karl Pilkington around the world as he visits other cultures to see how they face up to some of life’s biggest issues. He also reassesses his life now that he has reached the age of 40, which he considers to be “middle age”. The series had five one-hour episodes, and sees Pilkington visiting Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.
Street Cat Bob
James Bowen was a busker, living in assisted housing in Tottenham, north London, when he discovered an injured Bob lying in his hallway in March 2007. Unable to find the stray’s owner, he took the cat to the local RSPCA where he had to spend almost all the money he had on medicine. He then nursed the cat, Bob, back to health. Thus started a friendship between the two, and as a result James tackled his drug-taking habit and started to sell The Big Issue. Street Cat Bob is the story of how the two met and became inseparable pals.