World Book Night inspires reading

To the Editor:

Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23?  I am.

On April 23, which is Shakespeare’s birthday, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers like myself will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.

With the organizational support of our local bookstores and libraries, we’ll be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools, and more.

I am very proud to be a World Book Night giver. On April 23, I will be handing out 20 copies of  Wait Till Next Year, a memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin, to light or non-readers in downtown Albany.                                                                           .

Linda Bernardi

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