Book Rooms in Wormwood Scrubs open

By |June 29th, 2015|

On June 5th Rachel Billington declared open The Book Rooms in HMP Wormwood Scrubs. Those present included Governor Gary Monaghan, MP Andy Slaughter,  representatives from Prison Reading Groups, Quick Reads, English PEN and also […]


By |June 25th, 2015|

Who turned the page? When I went out
Last night, his Life was left wide-open,
Half-way through, in lamplight on my desk:
The Middle years.
Now look at him. Who turned the page?

Ian Hamilton

The Readers’ Cup

By |June 8th, 2015|

Thomas’s Schools Foundation hosted their Readers’ Cup the other day and Give a Book was pleased to be there. This is a University Challenge style event with teams from primary schools competing over their knowledge […]

A network of little libraries.

By |June 1st, 2015|

Give a Book is delighted to be working with Little Free Library Network UK (LFL)  on a project at Heathmere Primary School in Roehampton, London.  Heathmere is located in the middle of the Alton Estate and […]

Libraries: the most resilient network of all.

By |May 25th, 2015|

Roly Keating, the Director of the British Library, speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, said that the digital age has helped boost visitors to the British Library by ten per cent.  The world of computers, […]

A new Magic Breakfast Book Club

By |May 9th, 2015|

Give a Book was delighted to be present at the opening of a new Magic Breakfast Book Club in Globe Primary School, Tower Hamlets.  The books had all been displayed beautifully. This is a […]

Love and books

By |May 8th, 2015|

Here’s a painting of St Augustine in his study by Vittore Carpaccio (c.1465-1526). It’s one of a series that decorate the walls of a little school in Venice called S.Giorgio deli Schiavoni.  St Augustine is writing a letter […]

Reading in Prison

By |April 30th, 2015|

There’s been a real push this year from The Reading Agency for their  Six Book Challenge  in prisons. They’ve sent us this feedback from female prisoners who have completed the challenge and received one of […]

Love, books and April 23rd

By |April 23rd, 2015|

Roses, books, lovers: Barcelona is full of them all on 23 April. It is the day of the Book and the Rose. On the day of Sant Jordi in Barcelona – as in all of […]

Being a Beanstalk Reader

By |April 8th, 2015|

Give a Book recently had a lovely conversation with Jill Pay, one the trustees of the wonderful Beanstalk. Jill is also a volunteer with them and told us about the experience of being one their […]

Stage Spiders

By |March 16th, 2015|

Stage Spiders are a fantastic group of students based at the University of Kent. We first came into contact with them last year when they did a 12-hour Readathon in aid of Give a […]

World Book Day news

By |March 6th, 2015|

On World Book Day 2015 Minister for School Reform Nick Gibb announced a new action plan to inspire thousands more children to read.  This includes setting up book clubs in schools, promoting library membership […]