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Coffee morning to mark World Book Night 2018

Published on Thursday, April 19, 2018

AN event to encourage older people to discover new ideas and make new friends through reading is taking place next week to mark World Book Night.


Leicester City Council’s libraries have joined forces with Radio Leicester and Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland on the scheme to encourage older people to take up mentally-stimulating activities, such as reading.


On Monday, April 23 – World Book Night 2018 – Radio Leicester’s mid-morning programme with Ben Jackson will be hosting a coffee morning from 10am to 12noon, at the BBC Radio Leicester studios in Jubilee Square.


Visitors will be able to get free copies of the autobiography of presenter and comedian Paul O’ Grady, entitled “At My Mother’s Knee…And Other Low Joints,” along with a range of secondhand books.


The event will also include hot drinks, cakes and a chance for a friendly chat.


The event is also being run to help promote reading via the city’s 16 council-run libraries, which are free to join and free to use and allow access to thousands of printed books and audio books.


Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “Reading is a wonderful activity for all ages, which opens a gateway to a whole world of experiences.


“It is particularly useful in helping older people to stay mentally active, and we are teaming up with Radio Leicester and Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland at this event to encourage older people to get involved.


“There are 16 city council-run libraries in communities across the city, meaning no one is far away from free access to thousands of books. We want to get the message out far and wide to all age groups that this wonderful resource is there to be used.”


Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland supports thousands of older people and offers opportunities to engage in mentally-stimulating activities, which help reduce memory decline and improve both physical and mental wellbeing.


Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland executive director, Tony Donovan, added: “World Book Night is a great way to encourage more older people into reading and the event at BBC Radio Leicester makes it even easier by offering free books from the city’s libraries.


“Reading is one way to keep your brain sharper as you get older but books can also be a great way to get people together and talking. We will be giving a copy of the same book to our volunteer befrienders and the people they visit so that they immediately have something in common to chat about to help them build their befriending relationship.


“I hope also that we may see some book groups started after the coffee morning which bring older people together to share their enjoyment of reading in a social group.”   


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