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BOOK FLOOD EVENT

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On Saturday 9th December, the multi award-winning community venture The BIG Little Library is giving away brand new children’s books for Christmas. The campaign is in conjunction with BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity and the Belle Vale shopping centre in Liverpool.

The BIG Little Library is the multi award-winning community venture by Gateacre School in Liverpool. The idea for the library came about from a simple idea; wanting to help improve literacy within the community.

In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night reading. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How cosy does that sound? The Christmas tradition, known as Jolabokaflod, which means ‘Christmas Book Flood’ a tradition that dates back to World War Two when foreign imports were restricted but paper was relatively inexpensive.

BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has donated hundreds of brand new children’s books of all ages to The BIG Little Library initiative, in order to support and encourage reading in the local community.

Lisa Mitchell, who heads up The BIG Little Library explains: “The books are for all ages, from babies up to young adults, and we hope that not only will this event help ease the monetary pressure of Christmas, but it will also start a tradition with families and friends to give and receive books at Christmas and spread the love of Reading for Pleasure. We want to create a Book flood and get as many children as possible excited about reading this festive season.”

The Book Flood will be open from 12-4pm on Saturday 9th December and The Belle Vale Shopping Centre, where each customer will be given a FREE brand-new children’s book, for them to pass to a loved one on Christmas Eve.

Diana Gerald, CEO, BookTrust says: “BookTrust is delighted to support The BIG Little Library with its Christmas campaign to get children reading. The Book Flood is a fantastic initiative following the Icelandic tradition of exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve, ensuring as many local children as possible have something special this festive season.”