“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think.” Harper Lee
Today is World Book Night, UNESCO‘s International Day of the Book, World Book Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday, and Miguel de Cervantes memorial. To celebrate books and encourage more adults to read, the World Book Night organizers, in collaboration with book publishers around the world, arranged a massive book giveaway. 500,000 copies of 30 paperback books, selected by a special panel, were distributed to readers in organizations, clubs, on the streets and at designated locations. What I found remarkable was how the program, initiated by Book publishers at a Conference in the UK in 2010, became a global event with thousands of volunteers connecting with appreciative book readers.
As a volunteer book giver, I received 20 copies of a special paperback edition of Tina Fey‘s BossyPants. It was one of three books I had chosen from the list when I applied. Earlier in the week, I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble bookstore to pick up my boxed books. The store manager welcomed me with a smile, and presented me with a thank you letter and professional looking certificate. I was thrilled and ready to share the books, but I had to wait till April 23rd to join the global effort and make sure the maximum number of students could be reached. The first World Book Night giveaway was celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011. By 2012, it had expanded to the USA and Germany.
Today, I handed out copies of the book to Students in the Women’s Empowerment/Women in Transition program at the YWCA in Manhattan. To memorialize the event, I took several photos of the books and the grateful students/recipients to share with you here. When I signed up to become a book giver, I identified the program as one of two choices to receive copies of the free book because our students are learning new skills to help them get back to work, and most are on a tight budget. Tina’s hilarious and candid book was the perfect choice for my recipients because during tough times, reading uplifting or funny books, maintaining a sense of humor, and smart planning, can help us develop effective coping skills. More below!
“If a book is well written, I always find it too short. “ Jane Austen
Why April 23?
At the YWCA, one of the instructors asked me why this day? This is an important question because when I visited the worldbooknight.org site to verify, I found the following impressive information:
April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one.
If nothing else, connecting our passion for the written word with the lives and works of the writers mentioned above is a great gift. If each of us made the effort to share a book, give a book, volunteer to distribute books, or even read book to a child, we would inspire a deep love for reading and help create a new generation of passionate readers. I hope the pictures I shared conveyed that message. If you wish to participate, you may connect with the organizers on Facebook, Twitter or the Website. Sign up to receive the newsletter and you’ll be notified of the next giveaway. Hope you enjoyed the event too. Thank you!
♥♥♥On another note, I send my condolences to the family and friends of Shakuntala Devi, the super brilliant human computer who could calculate math numbers faster than anyone. She was 83. RIP♥♥♥
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs. I’ll catch up soon too. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: We can all make an effort to encourage reading by sharing a book, giving away books to adult readers or by reading to a child. READ!
Mirthful Tip: “As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree’ — probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.” Woody Allen
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All from my personal collection.
- We’re Givers! Join us April 23rd for World Book Night! (teachread.wordpress.com)
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- World Book Night – Winston-Salem, NC (bookmarksmarkyourplace.wordpress.com)
- 10 Foolproof Books to Give as Gifts (flavorwire.com)
- The World Book Night 2013 (and a book sale) (anexpatinuk.wordpress.com)
- World Book Night Rocks! (samslitcafe.wordpress.com)
- W is for World Book Night (stacybuckeye.wordpress.com)
- World Book Night 2013: half a million free books to be handed out (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Gift: World Book Night 2013 (mirthandmotivation.com)