Apply by Jan. 5 to share the joy of reading
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 www.us.worldbooknight.org. 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