Cumbrian Libraries are offering free books to those looking to develop their English skills

CUMBRIA County Council is giving away 500 free books to celebrate World Book Night, which takes place this Saturday 23rd April.

Following their successful bid to the organizers of World Book Night (WBN), the Cumbria County Council Library Service has received 500 free books to distribute across the county over the next few weeks.

The adult learning teams will support the library service by donating the books to groups who use the libraries to develop their literacy and English skills; which includes English for Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL), Family Learning and those taking functional skills courses such as English, Maths and ICT.

The proposed book is a powerful and popular crime novel; ‘The cutting season’. Written by Carlisle-born author MW Craven, it has been described as “a brutal and thrilling page-turner” by The Sun and “one of the most engaging casts in detective fiction” by the Daily Mail.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Local Communities, said: ‘Cumbria’s libraries continue to inspire people in our county to pick up a book and discover the love of reading, and this project The combination of Cumbria Libraries and adult learning will be hugely beneficial for those looking to improve their reading skills.

“Reading has been proven to have a positive impact on people’s mental health and well-being. Improving literacy can also help improve unemployment and the local economy, so projects like this can make a real difference for everyone in Cumbria.