Wednesday, May 2, 2012

World Book Night Wrap-Up

On Monday night, I attended an "After Party" for those that participated in World Book Night in North Iowa.  It was great to share and hear everyone's stories about giving away books during World Book Night.

As I mentioned before, I gave away copies of Friday Night Lights and other assorted book titles to my church youth group.  One book was for them to read and one was for them to give to a friend.  I also had a few left over books that I gave out at the area Hardee's restaurant that night.  Those that I gave the books to couldn't believe I was giving away free books!  After hearing from other book givers, this seemed to be a common response.

There were many neat stories shared on Monday night.  I'd like to share a couple of them.

One giver gave a book to a friend that had been through a rough patch lately.  The friend felt so touched to receive the book and she got started reading the book right away!  The friend hadn't remember the last time they'd read a book and really enjoyed reading again.

Another giver gave their books out at an area nursing home.  Everyone at the nursing home was very greatful to receive the books.  There was even one lady that cried; she was unable to go to the library as much as she'd like and it was a great joy for her to have a new book.

There were over 100 books passed out at the local movie theater in honor of World Book Night.  Many businesses and groups partnered together to show the Hunger Games that night, along with passing out copies of the book.  Those that helped out at the movie theater said the neatest thing about the event was that before the movie started, all you could hear were pages of books being flipped and all you could see was bent heads of people reading books!

I really enjoyed being apart of the effort this year and plan on doing it again next year!  I hope you are inspired to participate next year.  If you are interested in receiving updates about World Book Night - April 23, 2013 click here.

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