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Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:13 a.m. CST

Hi everyone! My name is Mary Soucie and I’m the Director of the Three Rivers Library.

I am super excited that I will be sharing library love with you once a month via this column. I’ll be sharing information about programs and services, databases, new materials and tidbits about the library staff.

Please feel free to contact me at our Channahon location at (815) 467-6200, ext. 303 or via email at marys@trpld.org if you have any questions about what I’ve shared or if you have topics you’d like me to share more information about in a future column.

This month I’d like to tell you about World Book Night. World Book Night was first celebrated in 2011 in the U.K. and Ireland on April 23. In 2012, it was expanded to include the U.S. and Germany and 80,000 people gave away over 2.5 million books. The purpose of World Book Night is to get books in the hands of people who do not read very often or who don’t regularly have access to books for whatever reason.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by a panel of librarians and booksellers. Authors waive royalties and publishers print special editions of the books to be handed out on April 23. People apply to be givers, identifying where they will give the books away in their community. Libraries and other organizations sign up to host receptions for the people that are giving away the books.

This year is our second year participating and we’re excited that we have 13 volunteers that will pick up their books at our Minooka Location. Our World Book Night reception will be on April 21 from 2-4 p.m.

April 23 was selected because it is the International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday. It was also selected in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, who died on April 23, 1616. This day is celebrated in Spain by giving someone a book and a flower. 

The 2013 Booklist includes everything from the classic Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to Tina Fey’s biography Bossypants to James Patterson’s book for kids Middle School: the worst years of my life.

If you would like to apply to be a 2014 giver, please sign up for the World Book Night newsletter by visiting www.worldbooknight.org. If you would like more information about our local activities, please contact Assistant Director Lauren Offerman at our Minooka Branch at (815) 467-1600, ext 204 or via email at laureno@trpld.org.

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