Libraries in Cumbria give free books to those looking to develop their English language skills

World Book Night road to reading graphic.

To celebrate World Book Night (WBN) which takes place on Sunday (23 April) libraries across Cumbria are giving away 500 free books to those looking to  develop their English language skills. 

As part of their successful bid to WBN organisers from Cumberland Council and Westmorland and Furness Council have collectively received 500 free books to distribute throughout Cumbria. 

Adult Learning Teams will support Library Services in offering the books to groups that use libraries to develop their literacy and English language skills. This includes English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), family learning, and those taking functional skills courses such as English, Maths, and ICT. The book on offer is Agatha Christie’s The Double Clue. 

WBN is an annual celebration of books and reading that brings people from all backgrounds together to inspire others to read more. 

As part of WBN celebrations, libraries in Cumbria are also promoting an exciting new adult reading challenge; Road to Reading. This challenge is perfect for those who used to read more but now struggle to find the time or readers who haven't picked up a book in a while. Road to Reading invites you to pledge to read every week for 30 minutes, for a 10-week period. 

For more information about WBN and Road to Reading please visit the WBN website at