World Book Night: An international book give-away event Print

Haywood County Public Library will be participating in World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23, an annual event where tens of thousands of people from all over the U.S. – as well as the UK, Ireland, and Germany – go out into their communities to spread the joy of reading by giving away free books.

The date of World Book Night, April 23, is significant as it falls on the UNESCO International Day of the Book, which also marks the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Thirty popular, award-winning books were chosen to be given away on this year’s World Book Night – among them Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which are the titles Haywood County Public Library staff members will be distributing. Because the driving purpose behind World Book Night is to spread the love of reading to those who may not have access to books, Haywood County Public Library staff will be visiting the Community Kitchen in Canton and the Open Door Soup Kitchen in Waynesville on April 23 to pass out copies of the library’s World Book Night books.

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