W is for World Book Night!

Posted April 26, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Challenge / 6 Comments

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W is for World Book Night

WBN2014 LogoNoBkgd“Spreading the love of reading, person to person”

Who  helped  give  out  half  a  million  free  books  across  America  on  April  23rd?    I  did.

World Book Night 2014 003On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West gave away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.  World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-­readers.  Volunteer book lovers like myself will helped promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.    With the organizational support of our local bookstores and libraries, we shared them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more.

I am very proud to be a World Book Night giver.  On April 23, 2014, I handed out 20 copies of Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan at the Flat Rock Head Start.  This is one of the easiest and rewarding volunteer experiences a book lover can participate in.  I have done WBN three years in a row now and each time has been pleasant and heartwarming, fun and even funny at times.

What’s the process to becoming a giver?

World Book Night 2014 004Easy-peasy!

  1. You go to the web-site and fill out the giver questionnaire and then you wait to see if you get picked and if the book you picked out of those chosen for the year gets picked (you make top three choices).  This is a volunteer organization so giver names are not chosen until January each year and the wait between steps can seem like a long time.  Be patient.
  2. Next, usually by March, you get to pick where you will pick up your stock of chosen books that are for distribution.  Once done, this too is followed by an extensive wait.
  3. Then some time late March to early April, you get the high-sign to come ahead and pick up your books.  The pick up location is usually a bookstore or library and it is at their discretion whether they do a little reception.  This can depend on how many givers from the area chose the same spot.  I have been treated to two receptions at two different pick up locations and once I was the only giver so no reception.
  4. Finally, its giveaway day/night.  This can be something special like a reception or something as casual as you standing there handing out books (depends on you and the location you choose to distribute).  Be prepared to explain ‘what’s it about?’.  Also be prepared for a variety of responses to your offer of the free book.  Many people are leery and doubt that this is a no strings attached giveaway, some just take it and practically run lest you change your mind and others practically hug you out of gratitude.

So that’s it!  You control a lot of how simple or complex you make it.  Be flexible with your hosts and be friendly to your recipients.  It’s a fabulous experience.

If you are interested in participating in such an effort, you can check it all out at:  http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

 

Notable W Words I Considered

Wonderful – Like the song What a Wonderful World
Wuss – Rub some dirt on it and keep going!
Watch out!
Walt Disney World 
– do you need to ask why I picked this one?
Whimpsie – the first dog my husband and I adopted
Whip It – Whip It Real Good
Whining – Only if I am dining.

What’s your W word of the day?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Very nice Sophia! I’ve never participated or seen them given out in my area. Might have to join in next year 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It’s a lot of fun and they are always looking for more givers. You could probably even do it at your USO.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Hmm that might work. I signed up for their newsletter so hopefully next year can join in 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Cool! I hope it works out.

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Nana Prah

Very informative W post. I wonder why you passed up Walt Disney World and Whip it. Lol.

Nana Prah

Sophia Rose
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Haha, Nana! Nope, those are Shari’s words. She’s the Disney gal. I’ve never been. Did you notice if they do WBN where you live? It’s International.