1. ITV Report

A new chapter for people in Milton Keynes

Over 200 free books will be given to people in Milton Keynes this week.

The event, which was launched earlier this week, helps promote the joy of reading and encourage those who wouldn’t normally pick up a book to read a novel recommended to them by a book-loving volunteer.

Titles range from classics such as Treasure Island, to the graphic novel, Judge Dread. Volunteers collect them from Central Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell libraries and then hand them out in the local community. The books have already been distributed in shopping centres, hostels, cafés and pubs.

“Each of the places we are visiting have been so excited and enthusiastic to have been chosen as a place for us to gift the books. One of the chosen hostels was so inspired that the Library Service is now supporting them in setting up their own mini-library.”

– Michelle Herriman, Library Outreach and Community Area Specialist

“Not only is reading extremely enjoyable, it can often have a positive impact on someone’s life."

– Cllr David Hopkins, Milton Keynes Council