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World Book Night includes Alexandria

To the editor:

Cherry Street Books in Alexandria is proud to be one of 2,300 U.S. bookstores and libraries supporting World Book Night 2014.

On Wednesday, April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 cities and towns, including Alexandria. Give-aways will take place in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and on overseas military bases.

Since World Book Night’s inception in the U.S. in 2012, Cherry Street Books has served as a participating store where books can be picked up.

Givers will be distributing their chosen books (20 copies of a single title) on the 23rd. Ten boxes, a total of 200 books, will be handed out in the Alexandria area.

World Book Night is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperback books to people who may not be regular readers or have the means to buy books for themselves. Volunteer book-givers want to promote reading and signed up at World Book Night (WBN) website, months in advance of the giveaway date.

Each year’s book titles are chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians and the previous year’s book givers. Titles are selected based on diversity of subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. Authors generously waive royalties, publishers print special copies at minimal or no cost, and thousands of volunteers get the job done.

Volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local business people, librarians, booksellers, students, parents and more. Anyone interested for future years can join the WBN mailing list in order to be notified when giver application begins for 2015. Please see for more information or to get on the e-mailing list; or ask for information at Cherry Street Books.