World Book Night returns

Apply by Jan. 5 to share the joy of reading

The Giese Memorial Library will again be a pick-up spot for World Book Night.

Celebrated each year on April 23 (the birthday of Shakespeare), the event supports literacy and community as 25,000 volunteers give 500,000 specially printed paperbacks to people across America.

April 23 is also the UNESCO International Day of the Book and the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare).

To spread the love of reading, an independent panel of librarians and booksellers chooses 30 to 35 books to be printed as World Book Night paperbacks.

The authors waive their royalties, and the publishers agree to pay production costs.

After the titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. The books are targeted at members of the community who do not regularly read for pleasure.

“I gave The Kite Runner to a veteran who had been in Afghanistan,” one volunteer wrote. “He was very excited to learn about the place and gain some understanding.”

Volunteers  must be 16 or older and must not sell the books or give them to friends, families, or book clubs.

To apply, visit The deadline is Sunday, Jan. 5.

Volunteers are chosen based on ability to reach the targeted audience.

They pick up the 20 books the week before April 23, and on that date give them to people who normally do not have access to printed books.

World Book Night began in the U.K. in 2011 and was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.

For more information call Librarian Rebecca Hostetler at 651-462-9001. Giese Memorial Library is located at 26855 Forest Boulevard.

World Book Night 2014 Book List

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger’s Apprentice,
Book 1
by John Flanagan

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Pontoon by Garrison Keillor

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Cuando Era Puertorriqueña by Esmeralda Santiago

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith