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Library books Published: Tuesday, 15th December 2020

This Christmas, Oldham Libraries is gifting 1,000 books to families across the borough.

Costa Coffee together with leading charity, The Reading Agency, are sharing the gift of reading with local communities – including some of those hardest hit by the pandemic. Oldham Libraries have been successful in securing 1,000 packs to gift to local families.

As part of the Costa Coffee Gift-A-Book campaign we’ll be sending out packages that contain one adult book, one children’s book (age 7+ but can be read to younger children) a children's activity sheet and a range of Costa Coffee treats.

Oldham Council is working with partners across the borough to gift the packs to local communities.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Culture, said: “This year has been hard for all of so it’s great that we can help spread some festive cheer and share the magic of reading.”

The Costa Coffee Gift-A-Book campaign is inspired by Jolabokaflod, the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books with loved ones on Christmas Eve.

It is a tradition dating back to World War II where families give and receive books and read through the night with chocolate and a hot drink. 

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