Volunteers needed for World Book Night

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LEWISTON — Lewiston Public Library has announced plans to participate in World Book Night 2013, a global campaign to encourage reading by handing out free books. The Library is now recruiting volunteer book givers who will be provided with books to hand out at a special Lewiston World Book Night event on Apr. 23.

Across the U.S., a half-million free books will be handed out in towns and cities all on one day by enlisting 25,000 volunteer book lovers to help promote reading by personally handing out print copies to light or nonreaders and to those without the means or access to printed books.

Volunteer book givers may apply at www.worldbooknight.org now through Jan. 23 by providing answers to several questions and picking a book title to give out from the World Book Night 2013 list. The program is free and open to all.

Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson have signed on as honorary chairpersons for WBN-U.S. Patterson said, “In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night—it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

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The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013 were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians. According to LPL librarian Marcela Peres, “This isn’t a best-books-of-all-time list, but rather a selection of contemporary and classic books that appeal to a wide range of new readers.”

For more information, call 207-513-3135 or email LPLReference@LewistonMaine.gov.

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