LAKEMOOR – On April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Chicago to Lakemoor and McHenry to Maine will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country.
The River East Public Library is not only a host for Givers, several of the library’s staff are Givers for the second year. They will be out in our community surprising people with 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 River East Public Library and sharing them in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, rollerskating rinks, nursing homes, schools and food pantries.
At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the library will welcome local Givers to thank them for spreading the joy of reading to our community and pick up their boxes at a pre-World Book Night reception.
The 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 the generosity of the authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies.
Best-selling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chairpeople.
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. The free WBN editions are not available at the River East Public Library at any time, except for the WBN volunteers to take into the community, but the library will be displaying the books in their regular editions all spring.
For information about World Book Night, visit www.WorldBookNight.org.