World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading from person to person.
On April 23, for the second year, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. will give away half a million free World Book Night paperbacks.
The books are targeted at members of the community who don’t regularly read.
Thirty books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties, and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially printed World Book Night U.S. editions.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community.
The application process is available at www.worldbooknight.org until Jan. 23.
World Book Night U.S. gets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach the targeted audience.
The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Wyoming Area Library has been selected again this year as a pick-up site.
Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On Apr. 23, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.
World Book Night, a nonprofit organization, began in the U.K. in 2011. World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.
In 2012, 80,000 people gave out more than 2.5 million books in the U.S., the UK, Ireland and Germany.
In the U.S., 25,000 volunteer book givers in 5,800 towns and cities across America gave a total of 500,000 paperbacks to members of their communities.
For more information call Rebecca Hostetler, branch librarian at the Giese Memorial Library in Wyoming, at 651-462-9001.