Ypsilanti Library takes part in handing out 500,000 free books

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ypsilanti District Library is one of 2,300 libraries and bookstores across the U.S. that are participating in World Book Night. Celebrated each year on April 23 (Shakespeare's Birthday), the goal of World Book Night is "Spreading the love of reading, person to person."

In Ypsilanti, more than 30 volunteer 'givers' chose a book from a list of 30 titles, which are provided for free by book publishers for the event. Today and tonight, givers will hand out 20 free books. Many of YDL's givers plan to hand out their books to people they already know. For example, some are teachers and nurses who plan to give the books to their students or patients. Other givers will be out on the street spreading the love of reading to anyone who might pass by! The goal of World Book Night is to get books into the hands of people who might be light readers or non-readers, giving them a personal invitation to read a book that the giver enjoyed.

YDL held a reception last week to thank the givers for participating in this great event. Here they are with their chosen titles.



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About World Book Night (from www.worldbooknight.org)

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. 

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories. 

World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. We exist because of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians, and financial supporters who believe in our mission. Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012. Thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!

Thank you for visiting us! We hope you explore our site to learn more about World Book Night, keep updated on new developments, support our organization, and apply to be a World Book Night U.S. book giver!

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