World Book Night 2014

In light of this week’s earlier post, I thought today I’d write about something a bit happier and more awesome. Well, I did talk about my awesomeness a bit on Monday, but that should be obvious. But some things that are truly great are books and the gift of literature. Wouldn’t you love to share that with others? Of course you would!

So. If you’d like to help spread the joy of reading and books and how they can change your life, sign up to be a book giver through World Book Night! What is World Book Night? April 23 designated as World Book Day is Shakespeare’s birth and death date as well as the death date of Cervantes. The good people at World Book Night decided to take cue from the Spanish who give out roses that day to their sweeties and give out books to those who don’t always have the best or easiest access to them. Isn’t that just lovely and doesn’t it sound a lot like another institution that you’ve heard about? In a lot of ways, WBN’s mission and the mission of the library is the same: to provide access to free books (or materials) for all, and especially for those who need it the most.

What does this have to do with you? Lots. You may want to spread the joy and wonder of reading but let’s face it, books can be pricey! Let the good folks at World Book Night take care of that for you. Apply to be a book giver by telling them how much you love and value reading and if they accept you – the website says they accept 95% of all applicants – they send you 20 free books to give out! Huzzah! Publishers and author donate/waive their proceeds from the potential sales of the books so that this whole project can work. Once you get your box of 20 free and awesome books you can take them anywhere to hand them out: the bus stop, on a walk, the store, your work, a club meeting, school, a homeless shelter, a place where you volunteer, anywhere!

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Plus, the titles that they have available are really wonderful: Kitchen Confidential, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wild, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Catch-22, and more. There is a great mix of classics and popular titles, from middle grade to YA to adult. Pick three when you apply and hope that you get one! They do have a note regarding said YA books:

“IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THOSE APPLYING FOR YA BOOKS: Young Adult titles are our most popular selections this year. We have a greater number of YA titles this year, but the demand is still tremendous. In order to increase your chances of getting one of your requested books, we ask that you make at least your 3rd choice from among the other title offerings, many of which are still teen-appropriate. AS OF NOV. 13: Please make sure you REQUEST AT LEAST ONE TITLE besides these : Bridge to Terabithia, Enchanted, Hoot, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Same Difference, Sunrise Over Fallujah, When I Was Puerto Rican, and Cuando Era Puertorriquea. Thank you for understanding.”

Oh yeah, YA is the most popular! I knew it would be!

There are more instructions on the website. If you’re interested check it out and apply before Jan. 5, 2014. WBN is not paying me to promote this, they are a nonprofit, silly! I just really, really like the program and have been pestering my coworkers to apply for the last two months. I did this last year and had a great time, so feel free to ask any questions!

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