Westborough – The Westborough Public Library is one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries in the country supporting World Book Night (WBN) 2014. On Wednesday, April 23, more than 25,000 volunteers will be giving way a half a million books in more than 6,000 cities and towns in the U.S.
The Westborough Library will serve as a community base for local book donations from well-known publishers and authors – receiving books, giving them out, and providing useful resources.
The library, at 55 W. Main St., will be hosting a reception Sunday, April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about WBN, the givers, and the books that they will be distributing.
World Book Night, in its third year in the U.S., is a campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders. Volunteers help promote reading by going into communities and handing out free copies to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, they'sl be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries and underfunded schools. This is not a random giveaway, but a person?to-person, carefully planned outreach.
The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and young adult authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in large print. The books were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers and last year's givers. World Book Night is making a short, free original e?book available to everyone at their website April 23. More information can be found at www.us.worldbooknight.org.
Local information is available at www.westboroughlib.org