Who is helping give out half a million free books across America
on April 23rd? We Are! 

On April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. The Barrett Branch Library is a proud participant of World Book Night, 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. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books.

Some of the volunteers in our community who have registered to be book givers will be picking up their books at Barrett Branch Library and sharing them in locations as diverse as Veterans Affairs hospitals, roller skating rinks, mass transit, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more. We are proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S. for a second year.

Please join us for a pre-World Book Night reception at Barrett on April 16, at 7 p.m. We invite our local givers to pick up their selected books.  Anyone interested in learning more about World Book Night is welcome.

Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people.

“In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it," Patterson, said. "This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

“I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Patchett added. “As both a writer and a bookseller, I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.”

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 2014.

The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are:

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
City of Thieves, David Benioff
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
La casa en Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros; translated by Elena Poniatowska 
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
El Alquimista, Paulo Coelho
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan
Bossypants, Tina Fey
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
Looking for Alaska, John Green
Playing for Pizza, John Grisham
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer
Moneyball, Michael Lewis
The Tender Bar, J. R. Moehringer
Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Population: 485, Michael Perry
The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
Montana Sky, Nora Roberts
Look Again, Lisa Scottoline
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
Favorite American Poems (Large Print edition) various authors