World Book Night has come to Marin! World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading. This event began in England and Ireland where millions of books, which are donated by publishers, are distributed on one day.
The goal is to seek out light or non-readers in the community. Visit the website, worldbooknight.org for many touching connections made on just that one day. America logged in 25,000 volunteers, each giving away 20 copies of a book all on the same day. The US logged over 500,000 books delivered in this first year.
Marin County Free Library was honored to be selected to participate in the first US World Book Night on April 23rd. Our recipients were the boys at Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s Home for Boys in San Rafael. The school is for young men who have a difficult home life, academic and emotional challenges and live at St. Vincent’s.
My first contact with the boys was through Art From the Heart, a non-profit bringing art to underserved children. As a guest artist I shared my passion for quilting with these young men and have a warm spot in my heart for all of them
The Book Passage was the generous host as Marin’s book distribution center. Our books “Because of Winn Dixie” and “The Enders Game” were delivered to the boys.
Debbie Countouriotis, principal at the Timothy Murphy School, shared with me her appreciation for being part of this program.” We know that is takes just one special book to get someone hooked on reading and these may be the ones.” The school did not have an entire set of either of these books so Debbie was excited to add them to their library.
What a great way to build community!