Sharing books on World Book Night

Last week, we celebrated National Library Week. This week, on April 23, 50,000 book-loving volunteers across America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland will celebrate World Book Night. Their goal is to share 30 selected books in their community, giving books to people who don’t read much or who don’t have easy access to books. The books have been donated by publishers, bookstores, libraries, authors, printers, and paper companies, while volunteers donate their time and enthusiasm.

It’s also World Book and Copyright Day, honoring the deaths of Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso on April 23, 1616, hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The celebration was inspired by Saint George’s Day in Catalonia, when a rose was given as a gift for each book sold.

But you don’t need to be a World Book Day participant or World Book Night volunteer to share the books you love. Why not share one of your favorite books with a friend or neighbor? Or sign up with a free site that let’s you swap books with other readers, like BookIns.com, BookMooch.com, and PaperBackSwap.com. Then there’s BookCrossing.com, a community of book lovers who add a BookCrossing label to their books, set them free, and find out where in the world the books end up.

What are your favorite books? What books can you share today?

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