LIVEWIRE Libraries are inviting residents to release books into the wild as part of an international BookCrossing initiative.

BookCrossing is the act of deliberately ‘releasing a book into the wild’ by leaving it in a public place to be ‘caught’ by another reader who then passes it on.

This is an ideal opportunity for keen readers to leave books for others to read.

Each book has been given a unique identity number, which has been registered by LiveWire on the BookCrossing website.

As the book passes from reader to reader, it can be tracked as it connects people all over the world.

There are currently 1,884,999 BookCrossers and 12,429,481 books travelling throughout 132 countries.

Wendy Molyneux, strategic library manager, said: “We are really excited to be taking part in BookCrossing. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate and share the love of reading around the world.

“It’s easy to get involved. Pop into your local library and ask for a book. Once you have your book it is up to you whether you read it first, leave it in a public place or pass it onto a friend.

“Let's have fun together and share the joy of books and reading.”

To get involved, simply call into any LiveWire Library on Friday or Saturday and pick up a book to send on its travels.