Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 2, 2013

The Martin County Library System partners with World Book Night U.S. to distribute half a million free books across America!

Filed under: News — mclswebblog @ 4:58 pm

For immediate release:  April 2, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  


(STUART, FL) – Twenty-five thousand volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country on April 23 as part of World Book Night U.S. The Martin County Library System is proud to be a partner this year! The mission of World Book Night U.S. is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books, giving thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteers help promote reading in their communities by sharing free copies of books they love in locations as diverse as roller skating rinks, laundromats, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries and more.

Five volunteers from the Martin County Library System community have been selected to participate and will be picking up their books at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15 at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Local media are invited to meet and interview these special MCLS book givers during this time.

The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was made possible by the generosity of the authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies. The free, specially printed WBN editions are only available for volunteers to take into the community. Regular editions of the books will be available at MCLS libraries.

Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people. Patterson said, “In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

“I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added.  “As both a writer and a bookseller, I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.”

Those interested in participating next year can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on World Book Night 2014.

To learn more, call (772) 221-1403 or visit the website at




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