How far can you travel with Kimberlin books?

How far can you travel with Kimberlin books?

A celebration of World Book night as part of the DMU Festival of Teaching and Learning 2018

On Wednesday 25th April, 2018 Library and Learning Services staff offered DMU and the local community the opportunity to explore and engage with different worlds through a display of books from other times, other places and other worlds.

Books ready to take readers to other worlds
Books ready to take readers to other worlds

Attendees soon found themselves engrossed in the wide range of books on offer demonstrating the power of books to transport individuals to other worlds, to gain insight into other lives lived, real and imagined.

A keen reader lost in another world
A keen reader lost in another world

Those attending were invited to:

  • Explore life around the globe with our diverse leisure reading collection
  • Investigate books that have been adapted to films and their corresponding DVDs
  • Delve into samples from our extensive Music books and CDs collection
  • Consider a wide range of Visual cultures through examples of our Fashion, Art and Design collection
A selection from Kimberlin's diverse leisure reading collection
A selection from Kimberlin’s diverse leisure reading collection


Be introduced to the varied, imaginative and diverse world of graphic novels – including a fully unfolded Great War by Joe Sacco depicting the first day of the battle of the Somme, where 10 000 soldiers were killed and 40 000 were injured on the first day alone.

Andrew Jennison, DMU with an unfurled copy of Joe Secco’s 24 feet long The great war

Andrew and other attendees were able to share their memories of relatives who fought in the First World War.

A display of historical children’s books from the DMU Archives enabled those attending to step back in time and enter the world of nineteenth century fairy tales. In comparison one child attending the event recommended Maisy Mouse books as her personal favourite.

DMU Archives' Books from other times
DMU Archives’ Books from other times

Those attending entered the “Furthest distance travelled with a book” competition with the chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher. Entries travelled to Ancient Greece, the Siege of Leningrad (1942), the First World War and fantasy worlds.

DMU staff member entering our competition

Copies of the World Book Night listed novel My name is Leon by Kit de Waal were on offer, people left with a free novel to enjoy

Sandra Henry, DMU with a World Book Night selected novel

Attending the event were a mixture of DMU staff, students and general public. Feedback received was overwhelmingly positive with people commenting on the opportunity to engage with books from a range of genre, picking up new stuff to read:

Love to read, so jumped at chance to see what books/genres on offer! Have picked up a few titles I’d like to read. I’d like to read/explore other books/genres I wouldn’t normally read

Wish I’d had longer to look at the displays which were excellent. Really good to engage with others about books and reading

Enjoyed looking at the different groups of books and have found something new to read.

All in all an enjoyable and engaging event.