WEIRTON - The Mary H. Weir Public Library will be a distribution center for the World Book Night program April 23.
Books will be shipped to the library to be distributed to givers in the area.
World Book Night is part of a campaign to encourage reading, and half a million free paperbacks will be handed out across the country April 23 by 25,000 volunteers to promote reading in light or non-readers and those without access to books.
The 35 World Book Night titles were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians, with input from last year's givers. Thousands of copies of each World Book Night title will be printed as special, not-for-resale paperbacks.
"This year's book selection is the most diverse ever, and we've increased the total number of picks this year to 35 in order to welcome in more authors and publishers," said Carl Lennertz, World Book Night executive director.
"We have our first graphic novel, our first university press pick and the first Asian-American authors. As before, we have a book in English and Spanish, and two of the picks will also be available in Large Print editions.
"In early 2014, we will announce a proprietary e-book in partnership with e-book technology company Livrada, with original content that all givers can offer to everyone. We are in talks about a digital audio download, as well."
World Book Night U.S. also announced United Parcel Services as the official shipping sponsor.
"I am so happy that our friends at UPS are supporting us in the essential work of getting the boxes of books from Ingram to over 2,500 bookstores and libraries, all in a two-day span next April, so that the givers in more than 6,000 towns and cities can be welcomed at pre-WBN receptions," said Lennertz.
"We thank all the authors for waiving royalties and the wide range of publishers for agreeing to print the books. We urge all potential book givers to read up on the book picks before submitting their application."
The online application process is now open for those wishing to become a volunteer, and continues through Jan. 5.
Applicants must state where and to whom they intend to give out their 20 special paperbacks.
Book descriptions, guidelines, and the online application are at www.us.worldbooknight.org