World Book Night is almost here and I really excited to announce that we will be joining the 25,000 volunteers across the United States giving away free books on April 23rd 2014!
Below is some great information from their website, Worldbooknight.org.
What We Do
World Book Night U.S. promotes and celebrates reading, literacy, and community. Every year on April 23rd (Shakespeare’s birthday), 25,000 volunteers across the country distribute 500,000 specially-printed, free adult and teen-appropriate paperbacks to light and non-readers. Handing out the books person-to-person in their own cities and towns, the passionate volunteer “givers” are book lovers who find the experience empowering, enriching, and life-changing—and the recipients (re)discover the magic of reading with a book they can call their own. For many, it’s their first book ever.
How it Works
Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.
Not only is April 23rd Shakespeare’s Birthday and World Book Night it is also Ryan’s 13th Birthday! Before we applied to be volunteer givers I asked him how he felt about spending part of his birthday giving away books and he said it would be the best present he could think of. What a great kid. 🙂 Ryan helped me choose our location and our top three book choices and is happily telling everyone who will listen that will be giving away 20 copies of a great Young Adult novel, The Raven’s Warrior by Vincent Pratchett.
I know I have a few readers from the Seattle/Edmonds area and if anyone has a chance to stop by Marina Beach Park it would be great to see you! I’ll post specific times soon and if we need to change the location due to weather I will leave a note on my Facebook page. A link is here and at the top of every post.