First celebrated in the U.K., World Book Night grew out of the London’s Book Industry Conference as a way to get adults to read. The idea grew and is now celebrated in the USA, Germany, and more countries are expected to participate. In 2012, 2.5 million books were handed out by 80,000 volunteers. The organizers hope to double that number in 2013.
World Book Night is celebrated appropriately on April 23 – that is date of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Volunteers are task with giving books to non-readers in a effort to renew their interest in reading and remembering how terrific a good book can be.
The organization provides the free books and volunteers can hand them out to anyone they choose. The LAST day to volunteer to be a volunteer is this Friday – January, 25, 2013. You can get all the details at this link.