In 2011, World Book Night was launched to help spread the love of reading to adults around the UK and Ireland. Selecting a few books that would appeal to a wide audience, volunteers took to the streets to distribute these books to people in their community. In just two short years, the program has grown exponentially and has spread from the UK and Ireland to the US and Germany. Next year, it will expand even further.
The brain child of one of our speakers at this year’s Oxford campus, Jamie Byng, World Book Night is about “giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.”
For more information about World Book Night in your area, check out this website.