JOHNSBURG – The Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Road, has been chosen to be a book pickup point for the 2014 World Book Night, scheduled for April 23.
World Book Night began in 2010 at London’s Book Industry Conference as a way to encourage more adults to read. April 23 was chosen because it is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as William Shakespeare’s birthday.
This year, 35 books have been chosen by a panel of librarians and booksellers. Authors waive their royalties and publishers pay the costs of printing special World Book Night editions of those titles.
Then bookstores and libraries sign up to be host sites for volunteer book givers.
Volunteer book givers, who have to apply, get 20 copies of a title they’ve selected to hand out in the community.
To learn how to become a Book Giver and for application details, visit www.us.worldbooknight.org.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 5.
– Northwest Herald