Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/17/2014

Contact:

Danielle M. Alderson
Member Relations/Svcs. Specialist for MPS
Member Programs and Services
312.280.3213
dalderson@ala.org

CHICAGO - Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.  Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone year round.

World Book Night seeks out reluctant adult readers wherever they are -- in small towns and cities, and in such public settings as nursing homes, food pantries, low income schools and mass transit centers.  In the U.S., a half million free books will be handed out on one day — April 23, 2014 — by 25,000 volunteer book lovers are helping to promote reading by going into their communities and personally handing out specially printed copies to light or non-readers and to those without the means or access to printed books.    

Why April 23? It is UNESCO’s (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare).  In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one.

Librarians are among the major supporters of the event.  The number of participating libraries continues to climb each year.  For the spring 2014 World Book Night, there are 1,055 libraries participating – including libraries of all sizes and types, spread across the U.S. To get information about participating in future World Book Night celebrations, email dalderson@ala.org.

Among the libraries that are participating is the Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Branch, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.; which will be hosting Scott Turow at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2014. Bestselling author Scott Turow said: “I can’t imagine any greater compliment to a book – or an author – than to know his work has been selected to welcome people to the pleasures of reading.” You can find other author events located at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/how-do-i-get-involved/events.

The WBN picks are written by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors.  There are also classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print.  This year will see an original free WBN proprietary e-book with pieces by authors, booksellers and librarians who were givers;

Among the 38 titles on the giveaway list are "The Zookeeper’s Wife" by Diane Ackerman, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" by Jesse Andrews, "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain, "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow, "Waiting to Exhale" by Terry McMillan, "Sunrise Over Fallujah" by Walter Dean Myers and "When I was Puerto Rican" by Esmeralda Santiago.  The complete list of books can be found at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/books/2014.  The assortment of WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography.

The WBN picks are written by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors.  There are also classics, books in Spanish and books in Large Print.  This year will see an original free WBN proprietary e-book with pieces by authors, booksellers and librarians who were givers; next year’s e-book will consist of essays by this year’s givers, chosen in a national contest being given in May 2014.  It will be available at www.eworldbooknight.org.

Volunteers – including some 500 in the Chicago area – applied online to be givers, stating where they intended to seek out book recipients and which of the special WBN Book Picks they would hand out.  Volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents and more.  To get information on signing up for the 2015 World Book Night, join the WBN mailing list at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/how-do-i-get-involved/newsletter .

The American Library Association (ALA) is among the supporters of the event, along with the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers Association, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Ingram Publisher Services, and UPS.

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