World Book Night - 2013
Penn State Shenango will participate in World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lartz Memorial Library located in downtown Sharon, Pa. This year’s book, Middle School- The Worse Years of My Life by James Patterson, will be free to the public on a first come, first served basis (quantities are limited). For more information, contact the Lartz Memorial Library at 724-983-2876.
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2013, World Book Night will be celebrated in the U.S., the UK, and Ireland.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about people, communities, and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. It exists because of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians, and financial supporters who believe in its mission. Set for April 23 each year to honor Shakespeare’s birthday, World Book Night was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011 and was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.
Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers of all ages are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life changing.