WBN 2014 Library Participant Guidelines

World Book Night, April 23, 2014Spreading the Love of Reading Person to Person


WORLD BOOK NIGHT is a celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and individuals who love books and reading.  On WORLD BOOK NIGHT – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 -- 25,000 “book givers” will each give away 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale WBN edition of book they have read and loved (from a list of 30 titles selected by librarians and booksellers) to complete strangers – people who may never have owned a book of their own.  To promote this literacy event, libraries and bookstores – as organizational participants in the event – form a nationwide advocacy and distribution network.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014 library organizational participants are making a commitment to (1) be a site for individual “book giver” volunteers* to pick up their shipment of books and (2) be an active advocate in their community for World Book Night 2014 and literacy.  (*Individuals in your community interested in being a “book giver” volunteer will be asked to complete the application on the World Book Night website, available in Fall 2013.)

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014 library organizational participants are committing to do the following:

  • Agree to be listed as a World Book Night organizational participant on a list for potential “book givers.”
  • Have a designated World Book Night coordinator to handle shipment receipt, contact “book givers” in their area, and receive, read and respond to WBN email updates and questions.
  • Supply a shipping address (accessible by UPS) and be open to receive boxes for area “book givers”
  • Be a site where “book givers” from the community may pick up their box of books the week of April 14, to be given away to light or non-readers in the community on April 23, 2014 to encourage literacy and an appreciation of books.
  • Invite givers to an open house/reception the week before World Book Night (see schedule below)
  • Make copies of informational materials supplied by WBN to give to each book giver along with their box.
  • Work in their local area, with local media and organizations, to promote World Book Night and literacy.
  • Give unused books (for instance, boxes of books not picked up by the designated “book giver”) to local nonprofit groups identified by the library (for instance, senior centers, teen centers).


  • Individual librarians are very much encouraged to apply to be givers themselves via the same online application process as the members of the public.
  • Approval to be an individual book giver does not automatically qualify your library a shipping point.
  • If you are a school library and you have safety concerns with the public having access to your school, it would not be a good idea to be a distribution site since it’s a possibility that "book givers" from your community will be assigned to your school.  However, you are very much encouraged to apply to become a "book giver".  
  • One Third of the WBN books are given to at risk students and to students in underfunded schools – but they must apply online and then later in the process, choose a local store or public library as the box shipping point.
  • The giver boxes must be given unopened to the giver whose name is on the box.

2014 WBN Schedule:

Week of March 17
  • Receive the number of "book givers" who have selected your library as their pick up site.
Week of March 24 
  • Receive names of book givers who have selected your library as their pick up site (notification will be made by the ALA).  
Week of April 7
  • Receive, check in, and store WBN “book giver” boxes for givers who have chosen your library as a pickup point.
  • Email or call givers to let them know their box has arrived and invite them to attend an open house/reception and pick up their box week of April 14.
  • Make copies of the letter and certificates (from WBN) to give to each book giver.
Week of April 14
  • Hold an open house or reception to welcome “book givers,” members of the local media, and other friends and supporters.  (This is a requirement if you have five (5) or more "book givers" who choose your library as their book box pick-up location).
  • Contact Ingram Book Co. (contact information to be supplied) if the “book giver” box does not arrive by April 14.
Week of April 21
  • Be ready Monday and Tuesday for last minute box pick up, celebrate a successful World Book Night community outreach, and share your stories.
April 23

World Book Night - Have fun!

If you have questions, please contact Mary Ghikas (mghikas@ala.org) or Danielle Alderson (dalderson@ala.org).

The WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014 LIBRARY PARTICIPANT APPLICATION must be submitted by January 5, 2014, 11:59pm ct.

  • World Book Night Application for Library Distribution Sites