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World Book Night

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Jan. 2, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 2, 2014
World Book Night

With the invention of the printing press in the West by Johannes Gutenberg in 1450, moveable type has unified the masses and sparked countless revolutions.

The arrival of the Information Age has continued to enlighten millions of minds with countless titles that spawn several genres and languages.

Even with the arrival of the Internet and mass media, people still find enjoyment and comfort by cozying up to the hearth with a good read on a cold night.

In keeping with Guttenberg’s mission of allowing the masses access to printed text, the Watauga County Public Library has joined a national effort to bring books to those who do not have ready available access to literature.

Each year, “World Book Night,” touches millions of souls with a prepared list of books that can be distributed to volunteers who in turn give the books to people in the community who can not easily find books.

The way the national campaign works is that authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing specially printed World Book Night U.S. editions.

Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the for the volunteer book givers, according to

The books will be distributed by the volunteers to the community on April 23.

In the High Country, the WCPL has agreed to be a partner and library officials are currently accepting applications for volunteers.

This is the first year the library has participated in the program, said project coordinator Ryan Draper.

“I think probably the opportunity to share the love of reading is why people volunteer,” said Draper. “There are a lot of great books on this list. A lot of these books might be favorites of the volunteers.”
Draper said the program was also particularly enticing to the library for obvious reasons.

“It’s a great program they (World Book Night) is doing,” said Draper. “All we have to do is receive the books and distribute them to the volunteers. There is no cost on our part. Anything that can get more people to read and enjoy reading.”

Out of the 30-35 preselected books, Draper said he is particularly fond of the graphic novel, “Same Difference.”

“It’s pretty good,” said Draper.

For more information or to apply to be a volunteer, visit

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