I got a an email today from Greg and Mary Bruss of Mysteries & More (the wonderful independent bookstore in Lenox Village near Nashville). Because I think what they had to say is very important, I'm including it here. I'm pretty sure they won't mind.
The message said:
Want to be part of a million-book giveaway? To volunteer to change a life? You can, as part of World Book Night, on April 23, 2012. The deadline to sign up to be a book giver has just been extended to February 6.
World Book Night is a campaign to find light or non-readers in the community and hand them each a book. Person-to-person.
It was started in the U.K. last year, and it is coming to our shores on April 23, 2012 – Shakespeare’s birthday, not coincidentally – as well!
The World Book Night organization is printing hundreds of thousands of special free paperback editions, and they are looking for thousands of volunteers to go out on April 23 and give books out across America to get more people reading.
You pick the place: hospital or diner, school or ... well, lots of possibilities. Be creative.
Sign up by February 6 to be a book giver on World Book Night! Please go the website to read up on its mission, the books you can choose from to give away, and some rules and regulations. All you need to become a giver is a little time, a love of books, and the desire to give something to your community.
Think about where you’d like to give away the books before you go online to apply. And thank you!
NOTE: Mysteries & More has been selected as a reception and pick-up point for World Book Night! Literacy can be a powerful resourse in solving the world's problems. Count me in!
For more information, check out http://www.worldbooknight.org.