Be a Book Giver During World Book Night! Applications End January 25January 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Posted in events | 2 Comments
IIT’s Paul V. Galvin Library is proud to announce our participation in World Book Night U.S. on April 23, 2013. World Book Night is an annual event that celebrates the love of reading, by creating opportunities for person-to-person contact through books. On April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. will go out into their communities to distribute books. Last year more than half a million free World Book Night paperbacks were given to light and non-readers.
Publishers print special editions and authors waive their royalties in support of this literacy effort. April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, and also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday! Galvin Library will serve as an institutional site where volunteer book givers can pick up their books to distribute in the community, and we also pledge to be an active advocate for both World Book Night U.S. and to spread the love of reading through person to person contact. Couldn’t be any easier for us, but we need you and your support.
We need YOU to volunteer to be a book giver (application here) and share your love of reading and books with folks who don’t read or don’t use libraries. The NEW deadline to apply to be a book giver is January 25, 2013. Book givers can choose from more than 30 titles, and they include all genres – mysteries, romance, science fiction, fantasy, classics, poetry, humor, autobiography, and young adult books. Note there are not book titles for small children on the list, because many programs exist to encourage small children to read, WBN U.S. has the goal of encouraging reading in the adult population, especially those who may not have access to printed books for economic reasons or geography. Volunteer book givers can seek out adult readers wherever they are, in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low-income high-schools to mass transit stations, wherever light or non-readers can be found. Book givers select a favorite title to distribute, and the list includes classic titles from Bradbury, Cather, Cisneros, and Twain but the list also features more recent authors like David Sedaris, Tina Fey, and John Green. See the whole list here.
Why participate in World Book Night U.S.? From the WBN home page: “Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life-changing.”
Still not sure you want to be a book giver? Here’s a favorite testimonial posted on WBN’s web page from last year’s event:
“Gave a book to a woman this morning, who took it with tears in her eyes. She told me that she rarely gets to the library and cannot afford to buy new books on her own. She graciously took the book, opened it up, smelled the pages, said ‘God bless you, my child,’ and walked away clutching her new found treasure. Makes me tear up too, thinking about what a difference we are making today!” – Adrian
Be ready with some ideas of where you would like to distribute your book – location is crucial to the success of WBN. If you’re unsure of locations but want to participate, contact Lynne Meyer in IIT’s Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning (email@example.com or 312.567.3160.) She’ll have some great suggestions for places to pass out books to those who need to read. If you need them, here’s more FAQS on World Book Night U.S.
Galvin Library welcomes the participation of IIT students, faculty, and staff in World Book Night. Sign up today!
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