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It may sound too good to be true, but residents are being offered the chance to give away free books. The idea, according to organizers, is to offer books to people who might not read often.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO, is sponsoring World Book Day and World Book Night on April 23.
The deadline to register to give away free books is Feb. 1.
UNESCO has a list of 30 books to choose from. To register, go to the World Book Night website, www.us.worldbooknight.org/, and indicate first, second and third choice titles from the list.
If selected, a book giver will receive 20 copies of the selected title to give out for free on World Book Night.
Lynne Almeida, owner of Spellbinder Books, said her store will be a pick-up point for book-givers. Spellbinder has also registered to be a book-giver. âWe are working with the youth center Wunut Novi to co-host a free book party at their building on World Book Night,â she said.
Almeida said folks are welcome to join Spellbinderâs party or come up with an idea of their own.
She said people can go door-to-door, or set up an event at the hospital or senior homes and give the gift of words.
âJust remember, the idea of World Book Night is to pass free books along to people who, for whatever reason, might not read very often,â Almeida said.
âIf you have any questions, check out the World Book Night website, or feel free to contact me at the store. As an avid reader, I think this is going to be really fun, and I hope you can join us,â Almeida said.
Available books include:
â˘ âThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian,â Sherman Alexie
â˘ âWintergirlsâ by Laurie Halse Anderson
â˘ âI Know Why the Caged Bird Singsâ by Maya Angelou
â˘ âFriday Night Lightsâ by H.G. Bissinger
â˘ âKindredâ by Octavia Butler
â˘ âEnderâs Gameâ by Orson Scott Card
â˘ âLittle Beeâ by Chris Cleave
â˘ âThe Hunger Gamesâ by Suzanne Collins
â˘ âBlood Workâ by Michael Connelly
â˘ âThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Waoâ by Junot Diaz
â˘ âBecause of Winn Dixieâ by Kate DiCamillo
â˘ âZeitounâ by Dave Eggers
â˘ âPeace Like a Riverâ by Leif Enger
â˘ âA Reliable Wifeâ by Robert Goolrick
â˘ âQ is for Quarryâ by Sue Grafton
â˘ âThe Kite Runnerâ by Khaled Hosseini
â˘ âA Prayer for Owen Meanyâ by John Irving
â˘ âThe Standâ by Stephen King
â˘ âThe Poisonwood Bibleâ by Barbara Kingsolver
â˘ âThe History of Loveâ by Nicole Krauss
â˘ âThe Namesakeâ by Jhumpa Lahiri
â˘ âThe Things They Carriedâ by Tim OâBrien
â˘ âBel Cantoâ by Ann Patchett
â˘ âMy Sisterâs Keeperâ by Jodi Picoult
â˘ âHousekeepingâ by Marilynne Robinson
â˘ âLovely Bonesâ by Alice Sebold
â˘ âThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksâ by Rebecca Skloot
â˘ âJust Kidsâ by Patti Smith
â˘ âThe Glass Castleâ by Jeannette Walls
â˘ âThe Book Thiefâ by Markus Zusak
UNESCOâs World Book Night is a non-profit founded by publishers, booksellers and many others in the book industry throughout the United States, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.
For more information, contact Almeida at (760) 873-4511.