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The Times
  • Book store to participate in outreach event

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  • LITTLE FALLS — Linda Stivala, owner of Gansevoort House Books, said her store will be one of thousands across the United States participating in World Book Night next week.
    According to a news release, World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into the community and handing out free copies to those without means or access to a printed book.
    “The idea behind it is that it puts books in the hands of people who may not have easy access to books,” said Kari Szymanski, Little Falls Library director.
    On Thursday, several of the volunteer book givers gathered at the store at 410 Canal Place to pick up the books they will distribute on April 23.
    Chris Van Meter, of Van Meter and Van Meter, said she wanted to distribute books of poetry.
    “As women, we’re not reading enough poems,” she said Thursday afternoon at Gansevoort House Books.
    Spanish teacher Elba Nash, one of the volunteer book givers, said she would distribute the books she picked up to her students in Dolgeville.
    With the organizational support of local book stores and libraries, volunteers will share books in locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, food pantries, under-funded schools and more.
    The organization said this is not a random giveaway, but a person-to-person, carefully planned outreach.
    World Book Night takes place on April 23, the birth date of famous playwright and poet William Shakespeare. The event is in its third year in the U.S., after it was originally launched in the United Kingdom in 2011.
    World Book Night is also making a short, free original e-book available on their website on April 22. It contains 10 short essays by booksellers, librarians and authors who were also givers.
    More than 35 books were picked by World Book Night, and are a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and young adult authors, classics and books in large print. The assortment of titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. Librarians, booksellers and last year’s givers chose the books in a vote.
    For more information, go to www.us.worldbooknight.org.
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