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World Book Night: Spreading the love of reading, person to person

When Kathleen from Cherry Street Books shared information with me about World Book Night in January of this year, I was immediately excited!

What could be better than receiving 20 new books free to distribute to adult and young adult readers who do not have easy access to books or who do not read on a regular basis?

Because of World Book Night, several of us in the Alexandria community will have this opportunity! My hope, through participation, is to encourage someone to become more engaged in reading.

This goal fits nicely with the goals of Friends of the Library, where we focus on providing funds to the Douglas County Library to assist with the purchase of current children's and adult books, encouraging individuals of all reading levels and ages to borrow a book and read.

World Book Night is an annual celebration that began in the United Kingdom in 2011 and will be celebrated in the U.S. for the first time in 2012.

Designed to spread a love of reading and books, it involves thousands of people spreading the joy of reading in their communities by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.

Individuals in the United Kingdom and the U.S. who had the desire to be a "book giver" applied online and chose three of their favorite books from a list of 30 popular titles.

Book givers were to choose only titles they had read and loved, allowing them to build excitement in the recipient by sharing why they, the giver, thought their book was a great read.

This wasn't difficult for me, as the list included 12 of my favorite books and several more that are on my list of books to read.

Within 10 days of applying, I received notification that I had been approved as a volunteer book giver for the event. The week of April 23, I will simply pick up my books at Cherry Street Books, one of thousands of book stores and libraries across the country that are designated as pick up points, and be on my way to bless an adult with a brand new book.

Those of us involved in this year's World Book Night welcome the opportunity to make a difference to individuals in our community by sharing something special...a book they can call their own.

Future goals of World Book Night are to distribute more books through expanding the celebration into other countries. For more information, check out

And please consider becoming a member of the Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation to support our library. Membership forms are available at the checkout desk at the library.

World Book Night U.S. is a nonprofit, charitable organization, supported by American book publishers, the American Booksellers Association, Barnes and Noble, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers and Ingram Book Distributors.