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. The Waukegan Public Library will participate in World Book Night for the second year in a row as a site where book givers can pick up their shipment of books.
Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012. Last year on April 23, 25,000 volunteers personally handed out a total of half a million books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country, many without means or access to printed books.
Volunteer book givers are a crucial part of this international effort to celebrate reading by sharing their love of books within their communities. Individuals interested in donating their time to distribute free books in Waukegan can get more information and apply online at www.worldbooknight.org. The deadline to apply is January 23.
World Book Night in the U.S. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. World Book Night U.S. is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, United Parcel Services, and 17 printers and paper companies; a full list of sponsors is at our website, www.worldbooknight.org.