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
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The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are:
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The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. For more information, contact Laura Klein at 330.832.9831, ext. 319.