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April 23, 2013 / Leslie

World Book Night 2013

World Book Night 2013

What is World Book Night?

World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. Held in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Germany on April 23rd, thousands of people will go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out World Book Night free paperbacks.

Picking Up the Books

2013 WBN CakeI am very lucky to live in an area teeming with bookstores and live in a community that supports them. I had two local choices to pick up my WBN books and one of them was located in my town five minutes away.

We met last Thursday for a kickoff party and were treated to a delicious World Book Night themed chocolate cake created by a local bakery. As we were admiring the cake, I realized I forgot my camera! Arrghhh! I took this picture with my phone, but honestly my phone is a razr from another era and I think it has the very first camera ever put in a phone. Through the magic of photo editing software I was able to make it somewhat viewable. It was a lovely cake and I wanted the world to see it.

A Wonderful Experience

This year I partnered with another WBN Giver to pass out our books together. We felt that with a choice of books and two people to explain them we would have a better chance with non-readers. I chose The Language of Flowers and her book was Playing for Pizza.

We selected The People’s Resource Center as our location to pass out the books. This is a wonderful facility that provides a wide array of services such as a food pantry, clothing, job assistance, and more to needy residents in my county. They were thrilled to have us there and told us to set up in the lobby and feel free to speak with people as they came in the door.

LanguageOfFlowers_WBN_IMG_0826Having a choice of books worked out well. The men were going for the Grisham book and the women were more interested in Language of Flowers. I did get one guy to try Language of Flowers.

Most of the people we met were light readers and even a few non-readers accepted a book. One woman told us she had only read one book ever. One! But she loves flowers and wanted to try reading again. It was a heartwarming and wonderful experience. This was very different from last year’s attempt when I tried to pass out books at the train station and at a local cafe. There I was met with skepticism and a few people who just said ‘no’ and ran away. Today, as we were leaving the Resource Center, the workers invited us back next year.

Did you participate in World Book Night?

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  1. Mary / Apr 23 2013 4:32 pm

    What a great place to hand out the books. Sounds like a great experience.


    • Leslie / Apr 23 2013 5:14 pm

      Much better than last year. These people were interested in hearing about the program and the books.


  2. BermudaOnion / Apr 23 2013 4:45 pm

    I gave out The Language of Flowers too. I’ve got 3 copies left and I’m taking them to the restaurant my book club is meeting at tonight to give to people there. I think I got 3 men to take copies. Someone tried to give me a donation.


    • Leslie / Apr 23 2013 5:11 pm

      In about an hour and a half we had given out all of the books. I asked the guy who choose Languages of Flowers if he would rather have a baseball book and he said no, he wanted to learn more about women. Hmmmm.


  3. sagustocox / Apr 23 2013 4:57 pm

    That sounds like a great place to hand out books. I’ll have to find something like that here. This is my first time participating and my book club did it as a group…though we’re all over the place during the week, so it really wasn’t an all-together event.


    • Leslie / Apr 23 2013 5:15 pm

      It was … and it was nice because they didn’t make us jump through hoops and fill out forms to be on the property. And a few of the workers already knew about WBN. It was raining today so it was nice to be able to chat with people in the lobby/waiting area.


  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Apr 23 2013 6:34 pm

    I did not participate but think it’s a wonderful event. This was a great book and so happy to see that you were able to spread the word about reading.


  5. irene / Apr 23 2013 6:41 pm

    I think this is a wonderful program, we don’t have anything like that here in Canada, that I know of. I’m afraid I’d choose the Language of flowers as well.


  6. Suko / Apr 24 2013 12:05 am

    This sounds wonderful! What a great book to give out for World Book Night!


  7. Leeswammes / Apr 24 2013 5:59 am

    Sounds like it was a good idea to team up with someone else. Glad it was a good experience for you and for the recipients of the books.


  8. therelentlessreader / Apr 24 2013 8:26 am

    What a great idea, to pass books out with a friend. I did participate and I had a BLAST giving away books 🙂 I’m already looking forward to next year!


  9. Ciska (@_Ciska_) / Apr 24 2013 9:09 am

    What a great choice of location to hand out books!!


  10. WordsAndPeace / Apr 25 2013 8:19 pm

    this is such a great idea! I think you convinced me and I will take the plunge next year!


  11. stacybuckeye / Apr 30 2013 8:31 pm

    How awesome that you were able to work together like that! And to have a choice of books so different. I think I need to find a partner next year.


    • Leslie / Apr 30 2013 8:48 pm

      My local bookstore had a kickoff party the Thursday before WBN. We got to pick up our books, have some delicious cake and meet the other givers. That’s when people starting discussing their books and making plans to pair up. It was an excellent decision.


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