The Santa Monica Public Library has announced its participation as a book distribution hub for World Book Night 2013 in April.
World Book Night is an initiative that encourages avid readers to share their love of reading, person to person.
First celebrated in the United States this past year, World Book Night is a collaborative venture of authors, publishers, libraries, book stores, book shippers and many others. In 2012, over 25,000 World Book Night volunteers visited 5,800 communities to put free books into the hands of new or light readers, as well as those without easy access to books.
Avid readers who are interested in participating in World Book Night can sign up now through Jan. 23 on the World Book Night website, www.us.worldbooknight.org. Volunteers apply online to be a “book giver” and make a first, second and third book choice from among 30 titles available to give away.
Volunteers must be 16 years of age (if younger, accompanied by an adult); provide their contact information; indicate where they will go and to whom they will give away their free books. In early April, the World Book Night organization will match “book givers” with local book distribution hubs, of which Santa Monica Public Library’s Main Library is one.
Volunteers will pick up their 20 free, giveaway copies at their designated hub between April 16-23. Then on World Book Night, April 23, book givers will venture out into communities to give away their books.
On World Book Night, Santa Monica Public Library will also host a celebration at the Main Library. The event will be open to all.

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