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Who is giving out half a million free books all across America?

From Kodiak, Alaska, to Key West, Fla. in 5,000 towns and cities across America, volunteers will give away half a million free books on one day: April 23. Meet those volunteers and hear the stories of where they will be distributing their books -- as varied and colorful as the people themselves, and as engaging as their book choices.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give away half a million free, specially printed books across America. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they enjoy to new or light readers, reaching them especially in under-served places - and even some fun spots. The volunteers will be picking up their books at a local bookstore or library in order to share them in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, ballparks, mass transit, diners, and more.

Open Book is proud to be a community partner for the first World Book Night in the U.S., following the impressive launch of this campaign by the bookstore, library, author, and publisher colleagues in the UK and Ireland last year.

Open Book will be hosting activities the week before World Book Night, in preparation for the givers going out into the community on April 23. It will be Tuesday April 17 at 6 p.m. at Open Book/Harvest Thyme Bistro, 114 Jefferson Street South, Wadena.

For more information contact: Gillette L Kempf or go to