CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Library will be a distribution site for World Book Night 2013 and is asking area residents to volunteer as book givers for the event.
Celebrated globally on April 23, World Book Night made its debut in the U.S. in 2012, according to the organization's website, http://www.us.worldbooknight.org. It also is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.
The goal for the night is to put good paperbacks into the hands of light or nonreaders in communities to cultivate an appreciation for reading.
Last year, book givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country.
World Book Night provides 20 free paperback copies of one title to each book giver, who then seeks to give them to new readers, especially those who might not have access to printed books.
The library will host an open house and reception for World Book Night on April 18, where the paperbacks will be handed to book givers.
Residents may register to be a giver by visiting online and completing the application.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 23.