World Book Night

I don’t know who came up with the idea of World Book Night but I think it is a great one.  It is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23 of each year.  It is fueled by passionate volunteers across America who distribute books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.  Last year it was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland and Germany.  It resulted in over 80,000 people gifting more than 2.5 million books.  And you can take part in this wonderful event for free!

When you sign up you get to choose three books that you would like to give away.  A panel then reviews all the suggestions from volunteers and chooses 30 titles to give away.  The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed editions.  The books are then dropped off at participating host locations.  The Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont is hosting this event locally and you can sign up on their website.  The deadline has been extended until tomorrow.  It is such a simple and gratifying way to give back.  I have always loved to read and feel that the right book can truly change your life.  If you don’t believe me, just read Phyllis Diller’s biography.

All you have to do is  pick up your books the week before World Book Night.  Then on April 23 you give them away to those who don’t regularly read.  These people are easy to find.  Go to any doctor’s office, airport departure gate or bus stop and look for people idly waiting around.  Give them a book and improve their day.

Reading offers the ability to escape from the world around you.  It can comfort and soothe or encourage and inspire. It is is also a great deterrent to keep people from talking to you on the bus, plane or doctor’s office.

I should mention that you do have to be chosen for the honor of bestowing this special gift on the unaware populace.  Each application is carefully read and analyzed by a team of serious bibliophiles.  You will be contacted mid-February if chosen.

I hope you join me on this quest.  The deadline has been extended until tomorrow so make haste.


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