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World Book Night

Attention all librarians, writers, and lovers of books! World Book Night is coming to the U.S. on April 23 and you can be a part of it!

What's World Book Night? It's where people spread some reading love by giving away books to people who may not normally pick up a book. The books are pre-selected and provided for FREE by publishers and include fiction, non-fiction, and children's titles. (You can see the 30 chosen titles here.)

But to make it work, a veritable army of booklovers are needed to pick up and distribute the books. You can apply to be a book-giver at and applications are due by February 1, 2012. They are looking for people to go out into the community to give the books away and as part of the application you need to be clear about where you will distribute the books. So think women's shelter or hospital or senior center, not friends at work.

In case you were wondering why April 23, that happens to be the day traditionally celebrated as William Shakespeare's birthday. And since the program began in the U.K., the Brits got to choose the date.

If one of your goals for 2012 was to give back more to the community, this is an excellent way to get started!