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Redditch Library joins with the BBC for the novels that shaped the world

Correspondent 5th Nov, 2019

REDDITCH Library will break new ground next year when it starts looking at ‘novels that shaped the world’.

It will be joining the rest of the county’s libraries to do the project in partnership with the BBC and the British Library.

A list of 100 books that have proved significant will be revealed by broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, on a feature during The One Show today, Tuesday, November 5.

A panel chaired by BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley and also including broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, writers Alexander McCall Smith, Kit de Waal, Juno Dawson, editor of the TLS Stig Abell, Syima Aslan have helped to create this list.

As part of the campaign, on Friday, November 8, Redditch Library along with the ones at Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Malvern, Kidderminster, Worcester and Evesham will be hosting a live screening from the British Library of a discussion hosted by Jo Whiley highlighting the merits of the books that have been chosen.

The screening will run between 1pm to 2.15pm.

Carol Brown, service manager for libraries and culture at Worcestershire County Council said: “Everyone has a book that they’ve read that has had a significant impact on them personally, so Worcestershire Libraries are really proud to be joining in this campaign.

“This screening is a really good opportunity to discover more about these inspiring books written over the last 200 years that are true game-changers.

“We’re looking forward to taking part in the campaign, promoting the books and the wider programme on the BBC but also hearing from Worcestershire’s residents about which novels have shaped their world.”

This year-long programme of activities and events across libraries and on TV and Radio, is in partnership with the BBC, and is designed to celebrate the novel and promote the joy of reading,

Worcestershire Libraries will be asking residents about their world changing books in the library and online, so look out for the #mybooklife displays and social media posts and join in the conversation.

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