Tonight (April 23, 2012) is World Book Night in the US. It's a great, free book giveaway is put on by WorldBookNight.org
and is meant to get books in the hands of non-readers or low readers.
Last year was the first World Book Night and was held in the UK. This year the idea spread to the US as well.
The foundation offers 30 books to choose from. The public is invited to write in and request to be a volunteer, stating which book they'd like to give away and why. If selected, a box of those books (special World Book Night editions) are sent to a local bookstore for pick up. There's no cost to anyone involved in the giveaway -- not the volunteers, not the bookstores, not the recipients.
How cool is that?
I asked to give out copies of Kate DiCamillo's "Because of Winn-Dixie." As a former children's librarian I wanted to be able to put an emotionally layered, sometimes funny, and well-written book into a kid's hands. Tonight I was able to do that for 24 kids. It was a great adventure.
I was wondering if anyone else here on GM was involved in this project as well.