Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Chadwick Library at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is supporting World Book Night 2014 along with 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America.
On April 23 – Shakespeare’s birthday – 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.
Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Chadwick Library will serve as a community host location for local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources. The library will also be hosting a reception on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. This meet and greet will allow the givers to meet Chadwick Library staff and each other, and will provide an opportunity for Iowa Wesleyan College faculty, staff and students to learn more about World Book Night, which is in its first year at IWC. Community members are invited to join as well.
For more information about World Book Night please refer to the website at worldbooknight.org.