Giving the Gift of Reading

By accepting a free book on April 23rd, half a million Americans participated in a 100 year old tradition.

Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville was one of 12 bookstores in the country to participate in World Book Night, a part of the bigger celebration of World Book Day.

Twenty-three local businesses and organizations volunteered to pick up books at Anderson’s to give them out to readers in need.

The World Book Night organization, whose mission is to spread the love of reading, provided 30 different books for the program, each chosen by a panel of librarians, booksellers, and educators.

Spanish copies of “The House on Mango Street” were given to clients of Loaves & Fishes.

“This morning we gave away about 15 copies of the book and they were gone in eight to ten minutes. So our families were very excited to be able to get them,” said Jody Bender, Community Relations Director at Loaves & Fishes

District 203’s Maureen Dvorak also works at Anderson’s Bookshop. She set up across town at Giordano’s to surprise dinner guests with a copy of “Look Again.”

“It feels pretty cool. I wish I could do this everyday of the week, but this is really an exciting opportunity to share with everyone my love of reading and I’m just thrilled to be a part of World Book Night,” said Dvorak, School Services Manager for District 203.

In the U.S., more than 25,000 world Book night volunteers in 6,200 towns distributed half a million books.

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