World Book Night is exactly what it sounds like: a night to give out free books to the world. One million books, in fact. Last year WBN was England only, and they had a great success. Due to their success, we here in the US (along with Germany) will be participating with them this year in their goal to give out one million books to needy readers.
What does this have to do with you? Well, Jen and I, along with all Literary Lonestars, were asked to be a part of the Central Texas WBN chapter via BookPeople. Us, along with some other literary organizations around Austin, will be banning together on the night of April 23rd to give out books to the needy. And we could use your help! Jen and I will organize volunteers to hand out books, and by volunteers we mean you! We already have a few ideas where the books will go (some organizations we've worked with in the past), but if you have any recommendations, let us know! We're concentrating strictly on the MG/YA titles so we're looking for places like shelters, children's hospitals, underprivileged schools, etc. If you chose to volunteer, you receive one box of books, then meet up with us at our predetermined destinations to hand out the books, this is something Jen and I would really love for all of us to do together as a group.
If either you aren't in the Austin area or simply would like to participate on your own, you have until February 6th to sign up. You must be at least 16 years of age and a legal US resident to participate. Again, this is a country wide project! You don't have to be in Austin or Texas to participate. (If you're participating with our group, there is no need for you to sign up online, only if you're doing it individually.)
If you'd like to help our Literary Lonestar group out, please email me (StephanieNPellegrin@gmail.com) or Jen (JenBigheart@gmail.com) or both of us. We need to know ASAP so we can get the ball rolling, so please get back to us as quickly as you can. Fill out the following form in your email with the subject World Book Nigh Volunteer:
Availability on 4/23:
Are you bringing a helper? (if so, include name and age):
Will you need transportation:
Suggest a donation site:
(Jen is currently out of town on vacation and I'm in the process of moving, so it may be a day or two before we can return your email.)
We'll have more information soon, as things start to roll in, and we'll share it with you. If you're able to help us spread the word, we'd appreciate it.