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World Book Night

RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2013

Contact: Keyla Gonzalez
Bellingham Public Library


Lisa Gresham
Whatcom County Library System
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Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library System are spreading the love of reading, person to person, by participating in World Book Night festivities this April. The libraries will serve as book delivery sites for book giver volunteers who will be handing out free books on World Book Night, which will be held April 23. Each volunteer will receive 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition of a book they have read and loved, chosen from a list of 30 titles selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers. How they distribute them is their choice -- but the books must be given away to those who don't regularly read, and who may have never owned a book of their own.

This year's titles include classics like My Antonia by Willa Cather and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as well as more contemporary titles like Bossypants by Tina Fey and Playing for Pizza by John Grisham. There are also some children's novels on the list, like The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

In 2012, 80,000 book givers worldwide handed out over 2.5 million books! This year, there are an estimated 25,000 book givers in the United States alone, who will distribute a half million books. The books are all donated by publishing companies. Best-selling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year's honorary World Book Night Chairs.

"Some people have never experienced the joy of reading a book for pleasure," says Lisa Gresham, Adult Services Coordinator for Whatcom County Library System. "World Book Night gives people that opportunity."

Keyla Gonzalez, who is coordinating World Book Night activities for Bellingham Public Library, agrees. "As an adult, if someone hands me a book and says, 'read this, it's good' then I'm going to read it. That's what makes World Book Night exciting, people personally encouraging others to read."

Book givers applied online and were notified of their acceptance at the end of February. Each giver selected a pickup location for their books. Bellingham Public Library and all nine Whatcom County Library System branch libraries are designated pickup spots. Libraries will be hosting small receptions for book givers to pick up their books the week prior to World Book Night.

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