According to a recent poll, 28 percent of U.S. adults have not read a book in the past year. Statistics like this one has spurred a program designed to make a differ-
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 volunteers go into their communities and give half a million free books to light or non-readers.
This event is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading, or never have read for pleasure, to pick up a book and read.
The World Book Night was launched in the United Kingdom in 2011, and it was successfully celebrated in the U.S. in 2012. Goals of this project are to place books into the hands of those who don’t regularly read, to raise the profile of reading for pleasure through a series of celebratory events, to improve literacy, and to bring communities together.
The Robert C. McEwen Library staff encourages Fort Drum community members, 16 and older, to be local book givers. A book giver will choose one book from 35 titles available through this program to give to groups or individuals whom the volunteer feels may not read enough. A box of 20 copies of that chosen book will be sent, free of charge, to McEwen Library for pickup. These books are then given away by that volunteer book giver.
As a participating distribution library, McEwen Library will hold an open house celebrating World Book Night, for book pickup by book givers. The event will feature snacks and an opportunity to network with other readers who want to make a difference.
Applications to become a volunteer book giver currently are being accepted. The applications will be evaluated on merit, but book allocation priority will be made based on when applications are submitted.
Individuals should apply as early as possible for the best chance of first book choice.
Book givers must sign up by Jan. 5; they can register online at www.us.worldbooknight.org/
. When filling out this application, remember to choose the Robert C. McEwen Library as the book pickup point.
World Book Night is an opportunity for individuals or groups to obtain books that can then be distributed to perhaps Soldiers who are deployed or stationed at Fort Drum, Youth Center members, Scout troops, English Speakers of Other Languages groups, or any group or person who could benefit from this gift.
For additional information about World Book Night, visit www.worldbooknight.org/
For details about the local effort, call 779-9099.