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March 1, 2018, by Sarah

We’ve raised £8,463 to support literacy projects #WorldBookDay

We’re celebrating World Book Day today. There’s lots planned across our libraries, so come along and get involved!

As World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading, it’s the perfect time to update you – we’ve raised a fantastic £8,463.51 to help fund educational resources in Tanzanian secondary schools.

How have we done this? Well, since 2015 we’ve partnered with the social business Better World Books to dispose of stock which we’ve withdrawn from our 7 UK libraries. We feel passionately about keeping books out of landfill and Better World Books are the world’s biggest socially responsible used bookseller. They collect our books (free of charge!), sell them online and give the full 10.5% commission on the net sale of Nottingham’s books to our chosen literacy partner, Read International. Any books left over are responsibly recycled.

To date, globally, Better World Books have:

  • Donated over 25.1 million books
  • Raised over £19.6 million for literacy and libraries
  • Re-used or recycled over 291 million books

You can find out more about why we chose READ International and the work that they do in one of our previous blogs. In 2017, READ International:

  • Created 19 new libraries (and renovated 3 old ones) enabling them to reach 11,108 students and provide 20,154 books to promote reading
  • Set up 19 reading clubs which increase students’ confidence through improved fluency and reading comprehension
  • Provided in-service training for 509 teachers to develop student-centred comprehension support

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