World Book Night Giver

Last night was World Book Night, the first one in the US. I was thrilled to be a giver. That means that I was chosen to give away 20 books that were provided to me to people in my community. The goal was to share the gift of reading with those that normally don’t read. I gave away the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou as it is one of my favorites and is often banned in schools.

World Book Night

Where I Gave Away Books

My plan to give away books to a local nonprofit for children was thwarted when I learned that they had too many books and had actually donated a bunch to the public library.  So I needed another plan. I decided to go to the shopping center near me instead and find people in the parking lot. I also went to a Nursing Home to give books to the staff.

Awkwardness of World Book Night

The awkward part about World Book Night was giving away a free book to complete strangers. It’s funny how some people think you’re trying to sell them something and avoid all eye contact with you. There’s also fear involved. And I don’t blame them one bit. I’d probably do the same thing. I took it in stride and ended up having fun.

The Reaction of People who Received the Book

Once people understood that they were receiving a book, and which book it was, they were pleased. Some were excited and told me that they were going to pass the book along to someone else when they were finished reading it. One person knew of the author but never read this particular book and jumped up an down after she had the book in her hand. Not one person turned down this opportunity.

Why I Chose this Book

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings takes on serious issues from the victim’s point of view; incest, neglectful parenting, rape, the racial divide between blacks and whites and the inequality that black people endured, and poor choices. Beautifully written with richly descriptive language, this book also inspires you to endure and to better yourself. It’s a book that will you want to read again. When you do, you’ll gain more insight into the plight of Marguerite Johnson and about yourself.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. So nice of you to give books. This will promote knowledge to everyone who have received your books. THank you for this wonderful post.

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