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Free books given for World Book Night

More than 25,000 volunteers across the nation, including 15 in Alexandria, will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities for World Book Night (WBN) U.S. on Tuesday, April 23.

Volunteers in Alexandria will pick up books at Cherry Street Books and share them in nursing homes, schools, food pantries and more.

Cherry Street Books will hold a pre-WBN reception on Wednesday, April 17. The local volunteers will meet, share their plans for book distribution and enjoy light refreshments.

This is Cherry Street Books' second year as a partner in WBN.

WBN is a campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love.

The mission of WBN is to find people who are without the means or access to printed books.

Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year's honorary chairmen.

The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to the generosity of the authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies.

Those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on WBN 2014.

The free WBN editions are not available at Cherry Street Books, other bookstores or libraries at any time, except when volunteers take them into the community. However, Cherry Street Books will have the selected books in their regular editions on display all month.

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