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Just finished reading a new book?

Don’t let it gather dust on a shelf because libraries in Bath and North East Somerset are inviting book donations, to be gifted to people in the community who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present.

The Gift a Book campaign ran for the first time in 2019 when more than 2,000 books were donated by residents and charities across B&NES. 

This year the library service is calling for donations of new or good condition second-hand books which will be distributed through local charities and organisations as gifts.

Books in any genre, suitable for any age and in any format — paperback, hardback, audio, or large print — are welcome. The donations can be dropped off at the council’s libraries in Bath, Keynsham or Midsomer Norton.

The libraries will be accepting book donations between November 13 and December 11. 

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture said: “Christmas can be a hard time of year for some children and families, but the gift of a book can help to show people that someone is thinking of them and put a smile on their faces. 

“I am sure we can repeat the success the previous campaign, which saw thousands of books gifted to people in our community who otherwise might not have received a present on Christmas Day.” 

The council is hoping that local organisations will once again offer to work in partnership to distribute the books and any donations that can’t be gifted will be recycled. 

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