Wednesday, April 23 at 3:00 pm

World Book Night 2014

WBN logo no dateThe Stockbridge Library Association is proud to be one of the 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America supporting World Book Night 2014.  On April 23—Shakespeare’s birthday—25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.


World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers.  On World Book Night, 25,000 book givers each give away 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition of a book they have read and loved, chosen from a list of 39 titles selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers. The volunteer book givers personally hand out their copies to complete strangers, people who may never have owned a book of their own. Libraries and bookstores support this event as organizational participants, forming a nationwide advocacy and distribution network.


The Stockbridge Library Association serves as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources.  In addition, on April 23, 2014, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., library staff will hand out 20 copies of The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.


World Book Night U.S. is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.

Librarians are essential to the success of World Book Night U.S. They help create community among the givers, and they are among the first to welcome future readers.


For more information, contact Vicky Cooper, Youth Librarian, at The Stockbridge Library at (413) 298-5501 or visit


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