WEIRTON - The Mary H. Weir Public Library will be participating in World Book Night U.S. April 23.
More than 25,000 volunteers will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 communities across the country. The program's goal is to give free books to non-readers or light readers on one day to promote reading.
Some volunteers in the local community will pick up books at Mary H. Weir and share them in locations as diverse as Veterans Administration hospitals, roller skating rinks, mass transit, nursing homes, schools and food pantries. This is the second year the library has participated.
Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year's honorary chairs.
"In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it," said Patterson. "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," said Patchett. "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."
A list of 30 books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting.
The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies.
Those interested in participating in future campaigns can sign up for the World Book Night mailing list for news and updates.
For information, visit the website at www.WorldBookNight.org.