World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to getting books in the hands of people who don’t read at all or read very little.
Volunteers are each given 20 books (all of the same title from this year’s list) to give to people in public places that aren’t normally associated with reading (so — NOT a library or bookstore; think: a bus stop, Union Station, a post office, a gym, a school or afterschool program, a bar, a church, etc.).
You can find more information on the World Book Night website.
I’ve applied to be a WBN giver this year, and I’d like to encourage others in the Worcester area to apply to give out free books. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, read the guidelines and fill out an application by January 23.
(And let me know if you receive a confirmation in February — at least one reporter I know would like to do a story on folks giving out books on World Book Night.)