You, World Book Night, and Denver Public Library (UPDATED 1/7/14)
From its inception the purpose of World Book Night has been to get books into the hands of people who may not have any in their homes. What better way to spread a love for reading than to provide passionate readers the opportunity to reach out to their communities by handselling copies of their favorite books?
Each year, 30-35 books are selected by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. Through a collaboration between publishers, authors and others in the book industry special World Book Night editions get printed for this free distribution. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
This is where YOU come in. If you would like to be a ‘giver’ of books on April 23rd, 2014, you’ll need to put in your application. Become a giver by filling out an electronic application. The deadline for applications is January 5th, 2014!
UPDATE: The deadline has been extended until Friday the 10th of January at midnight. According to World Book Night U.S. executive director Carl Lennertz "About 2/3 of those who applied in Oct. and Nov. will get first choice of book, and 98% of all who have applied to date will be givers!" So go head and get your giver applications in! Givers will be notified February 1st.
Some of the titles in this year's selection to whet your giving appetite:
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Check out the complete list of books here and see if one of your favorite books made the list! If you are selected as a “giver” you will then be given the opportunity to choose your pick up location in February. Many Denver Public library locations have signed up to be host libraries so have no fear, a branch in your area will be an option for you.