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Paperback books to be given out April 23

Photo by Rachelle Klemme World Book Night distributors stop in at An Open Book to pick up their boxes. From left, Gillette Kempf of Wadena, Deb Jacobson of Thief River Falls, Becky Maninga of Menahga and Curtiss Peterson of Park Rapids.

Free paperback books will be given out around the area on Monday, April 23 as part of World Book Night.

Gillette Kempf of Wadena will give copies of "Wintergirls" by Laurie Halse Anderson in Staples at the Stomping Grounds Coffee House at 2 p.m.

Becky Maninga of Menahga will distribute copies of "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult at the Menahga Shell station at 5 p.m.

Curtiss Peterson of Park Rapids will give out copies of "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card at the Park Rapids Area Library between 2 and 3 p.m.

Deb Jacobson, who had a long trip from Thief River Falls, will give copies of "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo there.

There is no need to sign up, no need to be a resident of the town where books are being distributed, and people may travel to pick up more than one title if they wish.

"They can actually make a round," Maninga said.

Any leftover books from Monday will be donated.

The volunteers stopped in at An Open Book on Tuesday evening to pick up their copies to distribute, but Kempf is the only one of them who is a bookstore owner.

World Book Night started in the United Kingdom last year, and is in the United States for the first time this year.

April 23 is also the anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth and death, and the anniversary of Miguel de Certvantes' death.

According to its website, World Book Night U.S. is a nonprofit organization and applying for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supported by American book publishers, the American Booksellers Association, Barnes & Noble, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers and Ingram Book Distributors.