Friday, April 19, 2013

April 23 is World Book Night US in Albuquerque!

How it Works:
Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.

What it Means for NM:
Book-loving volunteers will fan out across central New Mexico on April 23, 2013 to take 20 free copies of generously donated books to someone or someplace that needs it! 

The goal is to give books to new readers, to encourage reading, and to share your passion for a great book. The entire publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing, and paper community is behind this effort with donated services and time. Several Albuquerque bookstores — including Alamosa Books, Bookworks and Page One — and a couple ABC Library branches — Cherry Hills and Taylor Ranch — are also pick-up locations.

One such volutneer, Beth Humphreys, said, "I love WBN. And I love that I am giving away The House on Mango Street." Beth took the novella workshop with TSWC Director, Sharon Oard Warner, in which they read The House on Mango Street.

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