The Judy B. McDonald Public Library is pleased to announce our status as a distribution site for World Book Night for the second year in a row. 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.
Each year, more than 30 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. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating 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.
Givers pick up their books at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library on April 17th at a World Book Night Party for all the community givers. On April 23rd, 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 is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so or may have never owned a book of their own.
How can you help? Apply online to be a giver at www.us.worldbooknight.org. The Judy B. McDonald Public Library can be your pick-up location on April 17th.
Call 559-2970 and visit www.us.worldbooknight.org for more information.