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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
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Free books for the most difficult to reach
Currently, one-third of all UK households do not contain a single book. That staggering figure is difficult to grasp in such a literate age where there seems to be no end to the making of books, blogs, and written material of all sorts. World Book Night aims to change that statistic, "to change lives and open up a world of possibility to those who haven't discovered why reading matters." On 23 April, Shakespeare's birthday and the international day of the book, World Book Night celebrations will be held globally and locally.

Endless books. Photo by Toby Hudson.


World Book Night works with around 20,000 volunteers across the UK to distribute specially selected books to institutions and charities targeting the hardest to reach populations (e.g. prisoners, homeless, impoverished, disadvantaged youth). In addition to the work of distributing books, the night is oriented around parties and unique events focused on raising awareness and getting people excited about reading. The best way to get involved is to volunteer as a book giver, support the cause, or attend one of hundreds of local events (see official website for details).
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Why? Making reading exciting and accessible for all people
When: 23 April 2013
Phone: Contact via email: info@worldbooknight.org
Where: UK, Ireland, and International
Cost: Free
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