by. Cristina Norland
Edited by. Maia Lamdany
This year, five members of Compass AmeriCorps joined 25,000 volunteers across the United States for World Book Night 2013. The goal of World Book Night is to get books into the hands of people who don’t regularly read or who don’t easily have access to printed books. Each year, thirty books are chosen by a panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors and publishers agree to pay the cost for printing these special edition books. Once the thirty books are announced, members of the public can apply to be a giver. Givers are chosen based on their applications and their ability to reach limited readers.
Compass AmeriCorps members applied and were chosen to be givers of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Members collected their books from the book store this past weekend and discussed how they would be giving them out on April 23rd (the official date of World Book Night). Some members are English as a Second Language teachers and were very excited to plan a lesson for their students relating to the book. Other members are Refugee Case Managers and discussed which of their clients would be at a level high enough to read the book on their own.
World Book Night is an amazing event! World Book Night points out on their
website that, “Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.” If you want to learn more or get involved next year go to http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ where you can sign up for their newsletter