BOOK lovers in Devon are being invited to celebrate World Book Night at the County Council's libraries next week.

This year, 250,000 World Book Night editions will be given by a network of volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions focusing on reaching the 35.2% of the population who don't read for pleasure.

In Exeter, library staff and volunteers will be giving out free books outside Exeter Central Station from a specially set up pop-up library from 12pm to 4pm just across the road from Exeter College.

Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, Roger Croad says; “I'm pleased to hear so much is going on in Devon to celebrate World Book Night. Events such as these are a real talking point in communities and help bring people together.

"This reaches out to people who may be less willing readers or not as confident as others so it's a great way of encouraging people of all ages to pick up a book. Thanks must go to all our volunteers who are helping on the night."