Today a friend was giving me a tour of her very busy branch library.
And then she told me about World Book Night. What? Something about World Book Encyclopedia? A night somehow dedicated to the encyclopedia? No, no, silly!! World Book Night USA, “an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.”
Each year, 30 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 access.
Isn’t this cool? So, maybe I’m the last person/librarian in the world to hear about World Book Night. But on the off-chance that I’m not, I’m telling you about it. Seems like a cool thing for libraries to be involved in. Is yours involved?
One more thing: Here’s the list of all the great sponsors who make World Book Night possible.