Free books... what the Dickens?

Who will buy: Dickens fans
Who will buy: Dickens fans
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There’s no need to pick a pocket or two with a new inititive from Sheffield Libraries.

The service is to give away 1,500 copies of COliver Twist to celebrate the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens’ birth.

And consider yourself invited to your local library, from May 1, to pick one up.

“This is the only scheme of its kind in the north,” says Alex Holyoake, community development officer. “Every library will have a stock.”

And if you can’t make it to them, staff will bring the books to you.

Librarians are to set up stalls at venues including Weston Park, the Showroom Cinema, in Paternoster Row, and on the Supertram.

“It’s about engaging with people who might not normally read Charles Dickens,” adds Alex.

The scheme, in partnership with Penguin Books, starts on Tuesday when staff will board the Blue Line tram, while an Oliver Twist reading will take place at Central Library, in Surrey Street, next Friday at 12.30pm.

More details of events to be announced at