Wednesday, January 23, 2013

World Book Night-- You Can Help Spread the Love of Reading in Birmingham!!

“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 the communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.” – from the World Book Night website.

World Book Night (WBN) is your opportunity to give back to your community. By volunteering as a Giver, you will be given 20 books (for free!) that you can then give out to people in your neighborhood or community on April 23, 2013. The receivers of these books should be adults and young adults who are light or non-readers. World Book Night seeks to bring reading materials into the hands of people who most need them: people who are unable to buy/keep books at home for personal use or those who aren’t avid readers. (Click here for the Giver application.)

The Five Points West Regional Library has been accepted as a distribution center for 2013 World Book Night and will be one of the very few sites in central Alabama to pick up book kits for WBN. Birmingham Public Library would like to encourage members of the Birmingham community to volunteer to be “Givers” for World Book Night. By signing up on WBN’s website as a Giver, you will have the opportunity to pick up a set of 20 books & then hand out those books to people in your neighborhood or community.

Givers will have the opportunity to choose between over 30 different book titles to hand out. The set of books will be delivered to a local distribution center (such as Five Points West Regional Library) where you can pick up the materials and disperse them on April 23, 2013. BPL encourages individuals, community organizations, religious groups, and everyone else in the Birmingham area to sign up! The deadline to sign up to be a World Book Night Giver is January 25, 2013.

If you are accepted as a Giver & have the opportunity to select Five Points West Regional Library as your distribution point, you will be able to attend a Givers’ Reception at the library. During this reception, you will have the opportunity to meet with other people in the Birmingham area who also value reading and community involvement.

Who knows your community better than you? If you know a group of people or a certain area in your neighborhood or community that would really use some free books, sign up to be a Giver today! Remember to do so by January 25.

For more information and answers to FAQs, check out this link.

Post by Allison Scanlan,
Literacy and Outreach
Birmingham Public Library

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