Sunday, April 28, 2013

World Book Night - April 23

Last Tuesday night Ashe Library staff and volunteers participated in World Book Night. This international event is held yearly in honor of Shakespheare who was born on April 23, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616. On WBN half a million books were given away all over the United States. Eighty thousand people world-wide became givers distributing a total of 2.5 million books! Authors and publishing companies sponsor this yearly event by sending out books free of charge to the givers. There are thirty well-loved classic and new bestseller titles chosen as WBN books. Givers  choose a favorite book from the list and receive a box of twenty copies to give away.

Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life-changing.

Our local givers gave away 240 books in various locations around the county! Books were given away at a local democratic party meeting, in the park … at little league practice, at an ESL class, Pizza Hut, a high school track meet, Boondocks Tavern, and other random locations. It is exciting to get books into the hands of people who don't read much! A good book can open the mind up to all sorts of possibilities. Next year we hope to expand our efforts to even greater numbers. If you are interested in becoming a giver, sign up for the WBN newsletter at and you will receive information in time to register (no charge) for the 2014 giveaway. We'd love to have you join us next year in the global mission to support reading!

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