On Tuesday, April 23, 25,000 volunteers in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country will give away half a million free books.
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books.
Some of the volunteers in our community will be picking up their books at Books Unlimited and sharing them in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, roller skating rinks, mass transit, nursing homes, schools and more. Books Unlimited is proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S; for a second year and will be holding a pre-World Book Night reception on Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m.
Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year's honorary chair-people.
“In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it, This is the genius of World Book Night. It gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I'm honored to be a part of it," said Patterson.
"I'm very proud to be a part of World Book Night," Patchett added. "As both a writer and a bookseller, I'm all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them."
Although it is too late to be a giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on World Book Night 2014.
Visit www.WorldBookNight.org for more information.