Jasper Chamber; Local Businesses Hosting “World Book Night” In Jasper

WBNFrom Nancy Eckerle / Jasper Chamber of Commerce

On April 23, 2014 – 25,000 volunteers will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into communities and handing out free copies of books, often to those without means or access to a printed book, with the organizational support of bookstores and public libraries.

Chocolate Bliss, Just a Trace and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce will all be receiving 20 books each – and they will combine forces to distribute these books at Chocolate Bliss and Kitchen Essentials on Wednesday, April 23rd – from 6-7 p.m.   Adults who would like to start reading more are encouraged to stop by and pick up one book.

WBN was introduced in 2011 in the U.K as a way to bring attention to books for adult readers.  With its launch in 2012 in the U.S. – this event chose to continue the focus on adult readers, with a few books for teens and middle school readers to be included.

World Book Night takes place on April 23rd – Shakespeare’s birthday – and it in its third year in the U.S.  The WBN books are chosen by a wide variety of award-winning and bestselling adult and young adult authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in large print.  The assortment of 39 WBN titles for 2014 is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, ethnicity and geography.  The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians and givers.

Volunteers applied online several months ago to be givers in their communities, where they intend to seek out book recipients, and which of the special WBN book picks they’d like to hand out on April 23rd.  The volunteers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, students, parents and more.  Each volunteer receives 20 copies of one book for distribution.

WBN is primarily focused on communities.  The intention is to spread the word about how important it is to read.  The “person-to-person” way of distributing the books is what makes this project so special.

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