BRATTLEBORO -- Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd? Everyone’s Books is.
Everyone’s Books at 25 Elliot St., is proud to be one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America supporting World Book Night 2014. On April 23 -- Shakespeare’s birthday -- 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.
Everyone’s Books serves as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources.
World Book Night is a campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into communities and handing out free copies to those without means or access to a printed book.
With the organizational support of local
bookstores and libraries, they’ll be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more. This is not a random giveaway, but a person-to-person, carefully planned outreach.
World Book Night is making a short, free original e-book available to everyone at its website on April 22. It contains 10 short essays by booksellers, librarians and authors who were also givers.
The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in large print. The assortment of WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers and last year’s givers.
More information is at www.us.worldbooknight.org.
Everyone’s Books is also hosting a reception for local givers at the River Garden on Monday, April 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Volunteers applied online to be givers by stating where they intend to seek out book recipients, and noting which of the special WBN Book Picks they’d like to hand out. The volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents and more. All volunteers for this year are already signed up, but anyone can join the WBN mailing list in order to be notified when giver application begins next year.