North Ayrshire libraries are urging residents to donate books for their Christmas book gifting initiative - but the deadline is fast approaching.

The project, which closes on Sunday, November 26, and accepts donations of newly bought books of any genre that are suitable for children and young people.

Books can simply be brought to any North Ayrshire library where they will be given to children and young people in low-income backgrounds as a Christmas gift.

Councillor Alan Hill, North Ayrshire Council's cabinet member for islands and communities commented: “No matter how small the donation seems, every book donated is going to make such a difference during a time when many people are worried about the financial strain associated with the festive period.

“Our libraries will all be extremely grateful for the books you are able to donate.

“So, I would urge all residents - who are able to do so - to please get involved.

“Your donation is going to go a long way in helping us to spread some much-needed festive cheer and seasonal magic to those who otherwise might not have the chance to open many surprises or who may be feeling lonely over the Christmas period.”

Once donated, books will be collected, wrapped and given out via the council’s network of food larders, local charities, community groups, and support services.