Heights Libraries’ volunteers distribute free books for World Book Night
On April 23, 25,000 volunteers gave away half a million books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country, including Cleveland Heights.
World Book Night (WBN) provides thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one single day. Volunteers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books. The WBN mission is to find those without the means or access to printed books and give them special copies.
“We were so proud to have had four volunteers from our neighborhood this year,” said Constance Dickerson, Noble Neighborhood Library manager, who participated in the event for the second time. “Debra Siegel, Lisa Longino, Melinda Weatherlow and Shely Johnson picked up books at our branch and shared them in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, roller skating rinks, mass transit, nursing homes, schools and food pantries.”
The books were chosen by a national, independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies.
The special WBN editions are not available any other time of the year, but the Noble Neighborhood Library will display regular editions of select titles chosen for WBN all spring, including: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Looking for Alaska by John Green and Middle School; the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. More information, including a complete list of this year’s titles, is available at www.us.worldbooknight.org.
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.