Bookworks to Participate in WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014, 4/23
Local independent bookstore, Bookworks, 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, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, and all points between will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.
Bookworks serves as a community base for 45 local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources.
We will also be hosting a reception for our local givers on Thursday, April 24, 7pm. At that time, the givers get to meet us and each other, and local media is welcome to attend and meet the givers as well.
ABOUT WORLD BOOK NIGHT
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into our 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 takes place on April 23, 2014 - Shakespeare's birthday - and is in its third year in the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011. WBN US's reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.
World Book Night is making a short, free original e-book available to everyone at their website on April 22. It contains ten 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, including FAQs and links to all social media, including giver experiences and photographs is available at www.us.worldbooknight.org
About the volunteers
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 of our 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 anew next year.