"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."
—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest
World Book Night
What is World Book Night?
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2013, World Book Night will be celebrated in the U.S., the U.K, and Ireland.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don't regualarly do so. But it is also about more than that: It's about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways - through the sharing of stories.
World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. We exist becuase of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians, and financial supporters who believe in our mission. Set for April 23 each year to honor Shakespeare's birthday, World Book Night was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, and World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012. Thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!
Why is World Book Night Important?
Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure imporves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers of all ages are more likely to participate in positive acitvities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercies.
Or more simply put, books are fun - and they can be life-changing.
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