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A Tale of Free Books

Published Wednesday, 25 April 2012

24 lucky commuters offered free Dickens classic.

A local man is enticing residents to join Enfield Council’s libraries by giving away free books as part of World Book Night.

Peter Barker, of Enfield Chase, spent the morning of Monday 23 April offering 24 copies of Charles Dickens’ 'A Tale of Two Cities' to customers of My Coffee Stop, located on the platform at Enfield Chase Station.>

The catch? They have to join Enfield Council’s libraries to receive the book.

Mr Barker, who works for The Reading Agency, a partner in the World Book Night scheme, organised the giveaway with Enfield Town Library and the owners of My Coffee Stop.

Lucky customers invited by Mr Barker to join the library were given a joining form with a voucher to pick up their free book from when they sign up.

Mr Barker said: "Each of the one million books being given away as part of World Book Night has a library joining message inside the front cover. I wanted to take that a step further."

"With this year being Dickens’ bicentenary, A Tale of Two Cities was an obvious choice. It’s a fantastic story that I’d happily recommend anyone read."

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Bambos Charalambous, said: "This is a great way to persuade people who might not yet be Enfield library members to join. We welcome Peter Barker’s support and enthusiasm for the wonderful service that the Enfield Library and Museum Service provides."

One million free books are being given away to celebrate World Book Night. Members of the public were invited to apply to be one of the 20,000 book-givers and those selected are passionate readers who enjoy recommending a book they love to other readers.

23 April marked the second year of World Book Night, which is also UNESCO’s International Day of the Book and William Shakespeare’s birthday.

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