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World Book Night U.S.

On April 23, 2014, volunteers from around the globe will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books.

University of Mount Union students and staff will be participating in a collaborative effort with Rodman Library on World Book Night in conjunction with another campus event held for students at the end of every semester. UMU volunteers will be picking up their books at Rodman Library and distributing This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff, Best Loved Poems, Bobcat and Stories, by Rebecca Lee and Young Men and Fire, by Norman Maclean. The four university givers will be Kate McMahon (Professor, English Department); Gina Maida (Circulation Manager), Michelle Collins-Sibley (Professor, English Department; Department Chair Interdisciplinary and Liberal Studies; Director, Integrative Core; Director, Africana Studies Program), and Cheryl Paine (Government Documents/Systems Librarian).

We at Rodman Library are proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S. for a third year. Judith Hookway and Penny Neubauer are this year’s book givers representing the library. Hookway will be distributing Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, at Alliance Community Hospital and Neubauer will be distributing This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff, at Tractor Supply.

The library will be holding a pre-World Book Night reception the week before April 23. On Monday, April 14, at 4 p.m., we are welcoming our local givers at a reception in the library’s Gallery.

The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies.

Although it is too late to be a giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on World Book Night 2015. The free WBN editions are not available in Rodman Library at any time, except for the WBN volunteers to take into the community, but we will be displaying the books in their regular editions all spring. For more information on this event, call Rodman Public Library at 330-821-2665.

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