On April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. The Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S. for a second year.
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across the United States 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. Thirty-two diverse books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies.
Six volunteers in our community will be picking up their books at the Kimberly Public Library and sharing them in locations as diverse as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more. This year, our community members will be giving out copies of:
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
- Middle School by James Patterson
- Population 485 by Wisconsin author Michael Perry
Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people. James Patterson said: “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 very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added. “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 updates on World Book Night 2014 online at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/.
Visit the Kimberly or Little Chute Libraries to check out one of the World Book Night 2013 on display now!