Passion for books

BOOKWORMS will be able to revel in a number of events which are being held as part of the first ever national week-long celebration of reading.

North Lanarkshire Council has secured national funding for the National Book Week events which will be held in libraries across the country.

Harry ‘The polis’ Morris who will be speaking at Cumbernauld Library on Monday, November 26, at 7pm (session for adults).

Allan Morrison takes a nostalgic look at Scotland’s past in Coatbridge Library on Thursday, November 29, at 7pm

Maria Cairnie who will host a session for wee tots at Coatbridge Library on Saturday, December 1, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

A family storytelling session will be hosted by Gerry Durkin at Airdrie Library on Saturday, December 1, from 2pm to 3pm.

In addition to these, an event will take place in Wishaw Library on Tuesday, November 27, at 7pm.

The Dickens Debate will be chaired by former MP Dennis Canavan. It will examine how much or little things have changed since Oliver Twist was written: Why are children still hungry? Why do we need food banks in North Lanarkshire in 2012?

Catriona Wales, lending services manager at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to read Oliver Twist then come along to the discussion night.

“This event will be free but we are asking that everyone who attends brings an item to donate to the food bank.”

Also as part of National Book Week, free books will be given away in libraries.

Every branch will receive at least 50 copies of ‘My Favourite Place’ – a book about Scotland’s best loved places written by the public and leading authors and artists including Michael Palin, Alexander McCall Smith and Alasdair Gray.

The book My Favourite Place is also being celebrated with a quiz competition with a prize of £25 book token to be won. All the answers can be found in the council’s online reference books at

You can pick up an entry form at your local library.

Specially produced packs to encourage children in P1 to read will be given out in schools starting from November 19.

And on Friday, November 30, The Reading Hour takes place across the country at 11am.