World Book Night

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On April 23, 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.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, they’ll be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more.

The Friends of the Woodinville Library are very proud to be World Book Night givers. On April 24, we will be handing out books to light or non-readers at the Maltby Food Bank.

The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in large print. The assortment of 39 WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians, and givers.

Bestselling author Scott Turow said, “I can’t imagine any greater compliment to a book – or an author – than to know his work been selected to welcome people to the pleasures of reading.”
To learn more about World Book Night, visit It is too late to volunteer to be a giver this year, but anyone can join the WBN mailing list in order to be notified when giver application process begins anew in the fall for 2015.

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