World Book Night 2012
World Book Night 2012 was the first time the US has participated in this fantastic event. It was quite an undertaking with 25,000 people giving away half a million books. I was privileged to be a giver and was thrilled when I got my first choice, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I thought the parking lot of one of our local grocery stores would be the perfect place to pass out books and approached the manager a few weeks ago to be sure it would be okay. She had me fill out some paperwork and told me I’d hear back from them, but I didn’t hear a word. I felt like a “no” would have been better than not hearing anything. Oh well, I moved on to plan B.
Carl and I set out for a local shopping center and the reception there was fine, but there just wasn’t enough traffic and it would have taken hours to pass out twenty books. I packed up and we headed to the parking lot of our local Target. It was perfect – I passed out the remaining books in a half hour.
Almost everyone I approached was willing to talk to me and only a few people turned me down once I spoke to them. Most people were skeptical at first and many of them thought I was trying to give them a religious tract because of the title of the book. When I told them what the book is about and that it’s one of my favorites, they warmed up for the most part and seemed thrilled to be getting something for free. Two people actually told me they’ve read the book. As you can see, when I approached one person, others stopped to listen, hoping to get a book as well.
There was only one negative aspect of the evening for me – something happened that I was totally unprepared for. One man I approached told me he wouldn’t take a book because he can’t read. I told him it’s not to late to learn, but I had no information to give him. When I do this next year, I will be prepared with the phone number of our local literacy association.
Did you participate this year? If not, I urge you to do so next year!