Half a Million Free Books to be Given Away

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 Massillon 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 non-profit campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light readers or nonreaders across America all in 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. Although it is too late to sign up to be a volunteer giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN 2014 mailing list for news and updates.
 
Some of the volunteers in our community will be picking up their books at the Massillon Public Library and sharing them in locations as diverse as hospitals, roller skating rinks, mass transit, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more.  The library will be holding a pre-World Book Night reception the week before in order for the volunteers to pick up the books they will be giving.
 
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 honored to be a part of it.”
            
“I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added.  “As both a writer and a bookseller, I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.”
 
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 generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies.
 
World Book Night will take place on April 23, 2013. World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization and has 501(c)3 nonprofit status. World Book Night U.S. is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, FedEx, printers, and paper companies; a full list of sponsors is at www.WorldBookNight.org or visit them on Facebook and Twitter.
 
The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are:
 
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 
City of Thieves - David Benioff 
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 
My Antonia - Willa Cather 
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier 
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros 
La casa en Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros; translated by Elena Poniatowska  
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho 
El Alquimista - Paulo Coelho 
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh 
The Worst Hard Time - Timothy Egan 
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett  
Still Alice - Lisa Genova 
Looking for Alaska - John Green 
Playing for Pizza - John Grisham 
Mudbound - Hillary Jordan 
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer 
Moneyball - Michael Lewis 
The Tender Bar - J. R. Moehringer 
Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley 
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life - James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts 
Population: 485 - Michael Perry 
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan 
Montana Sky - Nora Roberts 
Look Again - Lisa Scottoline 
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris 
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith 
Glaciers - Alexis M. Smith 
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward 
Favorite American Poems (Large Print edition) - various authors 
 
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East.  For more information, contact Laura Klein at 330.832.9831, ext. 319.