Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Help us hand out free books!

For centuries, April 23 has been an important day, literarily speaking. It is the date of Shakespeare's birth...and his death. It's also the day on which Miguel Cervantes died. Since 1923, Cervantes' death has been recognized in the Catalan region of Spain by giving a flower and a book to a loved one. Inspired by the Catalonian festival, in 1995 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared April 23 the International Day of the Book. This led to the creation of World Book Night in 2011 in the UK, and the introduction of World Book Night to the US in 2012.

Very interesting history lesson, you might be thinking about now, but what does this have to do with anything? Specifically, what's this got to do with me?  I'm so glad you asked! World Book Night relies on the kindness of volunteers who love reading. Last year, almost 80,000 people signed up to pass out books in the four different participating countries.  Givers agree to hand out 20 free copies of a book provided by the author and publisher. The books are handed out to people who might typically not read.  The toughest requirement is to choose the book to give people. World Book Night sends a box of books to a distribution point for the giver to pick up. Last April, Woodbourne Library was proud to be one of the distribution points in the first US World Book Night -- and we're excited to announce that we'll be doing it again in 2013! Will you help us by signing up to be a book giver?

The books being provided include 30 titles ranging from classics like Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Willa Cather's My Antonia to contemporary favorites like Tina Fey's Bossy Pants and Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones.  A complete list of the books is available here

You can sign up to be a book giver at The World Book Night website.  If you do, choose Woodbourne Library as your distribution point.  And, let us know what book you choose! 

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