You may stumble upon a free book. Volunteers will give out a million copies around the globe in honor of World Book Night on Monday, April 23. The goal is to share the love of reading.
Volunteer Carol Bodensteiner will give out twenty copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She’s one of thousands to hand out free books across the country.
She’ll hand out her books in Des Moines’ Oakridge Neighborhood, which is a community of low-income, mostly refugee families. Bodensteiner says, “A lot of people at Oakridge Neighborhood are English as a 2nd language, and just really learning this, so we want to draw them in. But, it’s also an issue of resources, if you don’t have the money to buy books, if you don’t find your way into the library or a bookstore on a regular basis.”
Bodensteiner says she hopes people will read the book and then pass it on. She says other volunteers will hand out books in neighborhoods, coffee shops and libraries around the metro throughout the day. Volunteers got to choose from thirty titles, including books like The Hunger Games, My Sister’s Keeper and The Stand.
World Book Night started in the United Kingdom last year. This is the first year volunteers in the United States are handing out books.