World Book Night, April 23rd, 2014, marks the third year that volunteer givers in U.S. will hand out half a million free paperbacks. The list of this year’s titles, announced last night, includes a wide range of books with broad appeal, from older classics to recent releases, fiction, nonfiction, children’s and YA titles, two in large type and one that is available in both English and Spanish.
One of the titles is Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters, (Penguin/Einhorn), a librarian favorite for the sisters’ motto, “There is no problem a library card can’t solve.” (THAT would make a great sticker for all the books).
A program that brings together and highlights the work of library staff to promote books, both in person and online, launches this fall.
Modeled on the ABA’s successful IndieNext program, LibraryReads is a monthly list of the top ten newly-released titles that libraries around the country love and plan to promote to their readers. Developed by a grassroots group of librarians, the program is being announced at the ALA Annual conference in Chicago this weekend.
If you weren’t a member of the sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall for John Green and brother Hank’s appearance Tuesday night, you can watch it here (take the advice to “Skip to the beginning of the show,” which is about 3 minutes in to the video):