Celebrate World Book Day by visiting a Hampshire library

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to get involved with celebrations to mark World Book Day.

The annual event is due to take place on Thursday, March 2.

Hampshire Library Service is holding a range of activities that people can take part in.

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for culture Andrew Gibson said: ‘World Book Day is celebrating its 20th year and your local library is organising a great mix of free crafts and activities including an online game tournament and a library trail, to enjoy to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading.’

Along with children dressing up on the day as their favourite characters, Hampshire libraries have a host of activities they can enjoy after school, including Facebook Live storytimes and a social media competition.

Cllr Gibson added: ‘We’ve also teamed up with talented storyteller Charlie Sanderson who has recorded extracts from popular books including Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, which will be released throughout the week on the Hampshire Libraries’ Facebook and Twitter pages.’

School children will also be given a book token so they can claim one of 10 titles for £1 from their local bookseller.