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Celebrate World Book Night with Joseph Coelho and the National Shelf Service

22 April 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gemma Wood
Celebrate World Book Night with Joseph Coelho and the National Shelf Service

The National Shelf Service, a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians and run by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group, has announced a special World Book Night series of broadcasts. The special programme will feature a live bedtime story reading from award winning poet and author Joseph Coelho at 7pm for World Book Night Reading hour.

Run by The Reading Agency, World Book Night will see people coming together on the 23rd April to celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives. The National Shelf Service’s special day of programming will feature ten broadcasts, one every hour, starting at 11am, with eBook recommendations for children and young people from professional librarians. The celebrations will be supported online by the Youth Libraries Group Twitter account (@youthlibraries), who will be answering questions and giving reading recommendations all day under the #DrBook hashtag.

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Speaking about the National Shelf Service, Joseph Coelho said, “"In all uncertain time books provide not only an escape but also a means to find hope, companionship and comfort. As always libraries are essential in providing much needed access. The National Shelf Service is a wonderful reminder that during the current difficulties books can still be borrowed from your local library digitally and with them access to a universe of comfort, companionship and hope.”

Jake Hope, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards and children’s librarian, commented; “We are delighted to have Joseph Coelho on board for the World Book Night celebrations, he has been an incredible supporter of libraries for a number of years now, both through his library joining marathon last year and his commitment to young people and literacy. World Book Night is an amazing national celebration of books and reading and we are very proud to able to mark it in this way.”

Alison Brumwell, Chair of the CILIP Youth Libraries Group, added; “We know that this is a difficult time for many families and the Youth Libraries Group is pleased to be able to offer support and guidance for anyone looking to discover great reads. The #DrBook service is here to help connect readers with a world of diverse reading experiences.”

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The full programme for World Book Night is available here.

Notes for Editors

The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring ebook recommendations from professional librarians. Launched by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group the daily videos will focus on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences. The broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day at

CILIP is the professional association for librarians and information professionals. Our mission is to help our profession change lives through information, reading and literacy. More information about our work is available from

CILIP is responsible for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, the oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. The awards are overseen by the CILIP Youth Libraries Group which includes professional librarians with experience in supporting children and young people to become readers. For more information about the Awards, see

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Organisations and individuals hold events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to our lives, from book themed parties at home to books swaps in offices. Organisations can volunteer to hand out books from our annual list to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books.

The National Shelf Service is supported by Nielsen Book, OverDrive, RB Digtial, Bolinda and Libraries Connected.

Published: 22 April 2020

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