By NR Staff • 

Book giveaway in the works

An independent panel of librarians and booksellers select 30 books each year. They are given to applicants willing to donate them in local communities.

The World Book Night committee selects applicants based on their ability to reach light and non-readers, according to its website. Bookstores and libraries host locations for the applicants to pick up their books the week before the big night, April 23.

Each applicant receives 20 copies of a particular title. He or she distributes them on April 23 to people who normally don’t have access to printed books.

Third Street owner Sylla McClellan said she plans to hold a giver party sometime in April.

“The idea is to get books into the hands of people who may not have access to books, or not had encouragement to read,” McClellan said. “A solid reading foundation benefits all in their life and work.

“Usually, the list of titles given away is diverse. Publishers and authors waive their royalties for these titles. It really is a book community event!”

To apply or get more information, visit the World Books Night website at The application deadline is Jan. 25.

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