Paint the Town in Literacy
Last year’s WBN was a rousing success! This is the second year now that Monte Cristo teacher Debra Howell received the National World Book Night Grant! This year the grant has expanded beyond the two elementary schools. Howell and a team of educators plan to “Paint the Town in Literacy” on April 23rd from 3:30-5:00 (or so).
Last year 200 books were distributed out front of Monte Cristo Elementary and Mountain Way Elementary to parents as they picked their children up from school. This year, educators from both buildings will be at various locations throughout the town of Granite Falls distributing books. Look for them at McDonald’s drive thru, Rite Aid, IGA, Gen Care, Wild About Pets, the Post Office, Mt. Loop Fitness, Pharm-A-Save, many espresso stands and at the main 4 way stop in town. Watch for school educators as they dress in in their lime green WBN shirts. The teachers will have 400 books to pass out this year, doubling last year’s efforts.
This year’s book is the highly acclaimed novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The setting is in Seattle during WWII. It is a book you won’t want to put down until you finish it!
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person-to-person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading. It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
World Book Night is a non-profit organization. It exists because of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians and financial supporters who believe in our mission. Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.
April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday! It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one.
Look for educators around town wearing lime green on April 23rd between 3:30-5:00!