WHEREAS, the citizens of Brattleboro stand committed to promoting the pleasure of reading for all members of the community, from middle- and high school students to families and retirees — and to any and all who may not have ready access to printed books; and
WHEREAS, “World Book Night,” a national celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, 2014, promotes reading in this community and 6,000 communities across America;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Literature calls on the citizens of Brattleboro to endorse “World Book Night ” and commits our community to support the volunteers who have already signed up to get free paperbacks to those without means or access to printed books on a regular basis.
- Everyone’s Books
MORE ABOUT WORLD BOOK NIGHT
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies to those without means or access to a printed book.
With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, WBN volunteers share the free WBN books in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more. This is not a random giveaway, but a person-to-person, carefully planned outreach.
World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 – Shakespeare’s birthday – and is in its third year in the U.S. WBN reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.
The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print. The assortment of WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers, and last year’s givers.
Volunteers applied online to be givers by stating where they intend to seek out book recipients, and noting which of the special WBN Book Picks they’d like to hand out. The volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents, and more.
Of note: It is too late to volunteer to be a giver this year, but anyone can join the WBN mailing list in order to be notified when giver application process begins anew in the fall for 2015.
For more information: www.us.worldbooknight.org
Spreading the Love of Reading. Person to Person.
World Book Night U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by UPS, authors, publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barnes & Noble, and the Ingram Content Group.