A black cab that wasn’t black and hundreds of books that we gave to readers – to keep and never return… It’s nice for libraries to be a bit different and World Book Night 2013 gave us just the opportunity to do that.
A silver taxi liveried with balloons and ribbons made its first stop of the Triborough event at Shepard’s Bush Library where, after the great book give away, author Linda Stratmann gave her audience an insight into the process involved in writing about true and fictional crime.
A speedy cab ride on to Kensington Central Library began the second session of the event, then on to the final venue at Paddington Library where the evening culminated with nearly 300 books being distributed from the back of the cab by Westminster Councillor Steve Summers and library staff.
In addition, the evening also saw members of the public acting as book givers, distributing many more copies of this year’s selected titles. In all over 3,500 books were distributed across the Triborough area through World Book Night events.
The event was enjoyed by all involved; so much so that library staff looking back at the successful evening through slightly tired eyes were already thinking about the medium of transport to be employed for next year’s World Book Night (last year it was a No. 9 bus). So if you happen to know anyone with a team of huskies or reindeer, or maybe a fleet of stretch limos, please do get in touch…