World Book Night is about the humble recycling bag.
Of course, it’s not, it’s about books and reading and a celebration of the world of the imagination that can transport us from the humdrum to wherever the writer’s ‘pen’ takes us.
But the night – officially held on Saturday – is also about giving away free books to book lovers and to people who don’t normally read.
And the chances are if people don’t normally read then they won’t realise that Spalding Library does far more than loan out books.
The library offers all kinds of services, such as regular Tuesday storytime for pre-school children each Tuesday at 2pm and free access to computers so long as you have your library card with you.
Visitors who have missed their usual catch up with the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian can see copies of those, and the library also has archives of these papers on microfilm going back to the 1800s.
The library will hunt county-wide for books not on the shelves locally, and finally library members doing family research can take advantage of the library’s free access to the Ancestry website.
And there are also supplies of green recycling bags, of course...
The library is postponing its World Book Night until Thursday, April 28 (4-6pm) when visitors can enjoy a tea or coffee and a free book.
The book being given away (while stocks last) is Treachery by S J Parris which is set in 1583 when a heretic fleeing the Inquisition finds a new life working as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham.
It is one of 15 books being given away as part of World Book Night – see the worldbooknight.org website for the full list.
Why not take out free library membership while you’re there?
People across the country were able to apply to give away books on World Book Night and Spalding bookshop Bookmark is acting as the collection point locally.
A World Book Night talk by author Jude Morgan is being held on Saturday (1pm) at the John Clare Theatre at Central Library, Peterborough. Book (£5/£4) at the library or Waterstones in Peterborough.