Tonight is World Book Night!
WHERE: From Kodiak, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, in 6,000 towns and cities across America, 25,000 volunteers will give away half a million free books on one day: April 23, 2012.
WHAT: World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to personally give out thousands of free, specially printed books across America. Volunteer book lovers like myself will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love to new or light readers, reaching them especially in underserved places – and even some fun spots. Volunteers will be picking up the books at a local bookstore or library in order to go out and share them in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, nursing homes, ballparks, mass transit, diners, and more.
WHY: The mission to share the love of reading by targeting non-to-light readers and giving them a fabulous book. I am very proud to be a part of the first World Book Night in the U.S., following the impressive launch of this campaign in the UK and Ireland last year.
So tonight, with 20 copies each of The Book Thief, The Glass Castle and The Kite Runner my fellow book club buddy, Mary Tucker, and I will be handing books out at The County Fair Mall in Woodland starting at 4 PM. If you have a friend who is a non-to-light reader, bring them by the mall—we would love to give them a book that will change their mind about reading!
If you don’t live in the area, and would like to celebrate World Book Night in your own way, grab a ribbon, tie it around a book you love, and go give it to someone you know that isn’t much of a reader. World Book Night has some great bookmarks you could print and slip into the book before giving. They say things like, “I think you should read this book because: (click all that apply) It’ll make you laugh □, It’ll make you cry □, It will help you get laid □, etc. (Hey—whatever’ll get them to read…)
If all else fails, just curl up with your own good book and promise to share it when you’re done. That’s it. Easy. You’re celebrating!
For more information about World Book Night, please go to www.worldbooknight.org