MANLIUS — World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2013, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland.
World Book Night encourages reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about people, communities and connections reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways — through the sharing of stories.
World Book Night is a non-profit organization supported by thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians and financial supporters. Set for April 23 each year to honor Shakespeare’s birthday, World Book Night was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011 and first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.
Bureau Valley High School has participated in World Book Night for two years. This year, Sharon Peterson, Bureau Valley High School librarian, gave out 20 copies of the 2012 National Book Award winner, “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward. The recipients were students in Connie Hahne’s child development and parenting classes.
Anyone 16 years of age or older can be a book giver. Information can be found on www.WorldBookNight.org. World Book Night exists because reading for pleasure improves literacy. Reading changes lives. Or more simply put, books are fun — and they can be life-changing.