Thousands of free books are being distributed next week by a borough organisation to mark World Book Day.
Whitley Bay-based umbrella charity Angels of the North is distributing 2,500 books under its ‘Rotating Books’ scheme.
The charity provides books in public places for people to take away and read then leave for someone else to enjoy.
Each book is marked on the front cover to show that it can be picked up and read for free, and a label on the inside cover of each explains what the Rotating Books programme is and how it works.
Angels of the North’s honorary chief executive officer Barbara Connors-Fowler said: “I am delighted that we have a record 2,500 books to distribute this year.
“The books are available in cafés, bars, hairdressers, churches, rest homes, bus shelters, parks, schools, offices, public transport, surgeries and foyers of blocks of flats.”