The kids are grown, now what?: World Book Night 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

World Book Night 2012

Ryan and I just came home from handing out books for the first US World Book Night. Before I tell you about our experience, let me tell you a little about World Book Night.

What is World Book Night?

World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. To be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.

World Book Night, through social media and traditional publicity, will also promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.

Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night will also be celebrated in the U.S. in 2012, with news of more countries to come in future years. Please join our mailing list for regular World Book Night U.S. news. And thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!

Additionally, April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book Day, chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death.
I love to read! I taught myself to read when I was 2 years old and I have had my nose in a book ever since. All of my kids are readers too. We signed up to be a part of World Book Night because of our love of books. 

When we applied to be World Book Night Givers, we were given a list of books that were available to give and were told to choose our first and second picks. We Picked The Stand by Stephen King and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Here are the other books from the US list.
There are so many wonderful books on this list that it was hard to choose! We were so excited when Ryan got the email telling us that we had been chosen as givers and that we would be giving away The Stand. I LOVE The Stand! It was a really good book when it was first published. Then when Stephen King became a big name and he republished it from the original manuscript this good book became even better. I have read this book so many times that I have lost count. If you have not read The Stand then go an get yourself a copy. This is a wonderful tale of the final battle between good and evil. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

This past Saturday we went to Mitzi's Bookstore to pick up our Giver Box. In addition to the box, Mitzi's gave us a wonderful tote bag filled with great gifts to celebrate World Book Night. I cannot shout it loud enough to tell you what a wonderful bookstore they are. So here is their plug, if you are in Rapid City, South Dakota, head downtown to Mitzi's Bookstore. You will not be disappointed. Now for a pic of our Giver Box!
Look at all of those beautiful copies of The Stand! Ryan had to work today so after she finished we headed out to Main Street Square to begin handing the books out. The point of it all is to turn non-readers into readers! Not as easy as it sounds!

Since it was a beautiful evening we were sure we would run into a lot of people walking around downtown. NOT!  There were a few people around and those we spoke to were reticent about accepting the books. We felt as if we were Jehovah's Witnesses spreading the Word that nobody wants to hear. It was a bit disheartening. But we prevailed and we found new homes for all of the books. John Quincy Adams helped us with a few!

I would like to participate again next year. Ryan is not sure. So we shall see.


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