It’s here! World Book Night has arrived, celebrating the love of reading and spreading this love with books books and more books.
This is an awesome initiative of a magnitude that I personally find hard to grasp. I can’t imagine the coordination and effort it takes to distribute a half million books for the greatest give-away ever. (Not to mention all the ground work of the publishers, authors, truck drivers and facilities needed to work out all the logistics.)
As a Book Giver, the process couldn’t be easier. You apply online, and wait to be notified. IF you are selected, you get an email with the good news. Then shortly thereafter you select the place where you would like to pick up your box of books (this might be a local bookstore or library). Then, within a specific window of about a week, you pick up your box. As you wait for World Book Night you can go to their website for links to print out posters, badges and bookmarks.
This is the second year that I have participated, and I couldn’t be more pleased and proud to be part of such a fantastic project. Just imagine… on this same day, books are being handed out all across the US and the UK, with more countries planning to join in the future. It’s a coordinated effort of humanity to share the love of reading. In this country alone, there are over 25,000 volunteers going out into 6,000 towns and cities.
As each book left my hands, it felt so good to be part of such a
wonderful fantastic phenomenal project, knowing that 499,980 other books were also being given away today and that I was a small link in that very special chain.
If you’d like to know more about World Book Night, I wrote a post about it when it was first opened to apply as givers for 2013, and you can read that, here.
Several blog readers signed up this year and were selected (yay!) and I plan to post an alert on this blog again next year for World Book Night 2014. I hope that even more of you will choose to participate next year. It’s easy, it’s free, it’s simply an extraordinary project to be part of. It is a super way to share your love of reading.
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