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April 24, 2014

Spreading the joy of reading

Tonawanda News — For the past few years on April 23, the world has united with the common mission of spreading a love of reading to those who might not have already found it. 

World Book Night is an annual event where people who are considered “light readers,” someone who doesn’t read a lot but might read more if they had the materials, are selected to receive a book they might enjoy reading. 

“We really just wanted to give the chance to have book lovers go out and give a book to someone,” Carl Lennetz, the executive director of the organization’s U.S. chapter said last year.

World Book Night had it’s beginning at London’s Book Industry Conference in May of 2010. The idea, according to their website, is simple: “What better way to spread a love for reading than to inspire passionate readers to go out into their communities and share copies of their favorite books with those who don’t regularly read?”

Actress Amy Poehler was selected as the honorary chairperson for the campaign this year. Poehler says that she grew up with a love of books and realizes the importance of encouraging reading. 

“In today’s digital world, it’s more important than ever to know how it feels to have a good book in your hands,” Poehler said. “I’m thrilled to be part of World Book Night. People who read are people who dream and we connect through the stories we live, tell and read.”

This year 21 students at Kenmore, Hoover and Franklin middle schools were selected to receive a copy of “Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. According to Jill O’Malley, a member of the Kenmore-Tonawanda Parent Alliance, the book has mature themes but is still appropriate for middle schoolers. 

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