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Scottsdale charter school to help give away books in Phoenix

Staff Report~ 4/16/2014

On April 23, members of Foothills Academy College Prep will be among an estimated 25,000 volunteers from across the country giving away free books as part of “World Book Night.”
Jonathan Brechner of Foothills Academy College Prep said that a group from his organization will be handing out books at two downtown Phoenix locations including the Greyhound station and the park near the Justice Court Administration Building.
“World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers,” Brechner said. “Volunteer book lovers like us will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.”
An event that started in the United Kingdom in 2011, World Book Night takes place on William Shakespeare’s birthday and is in its third year in the United States. The event’s reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States and overseas military bases.
Event organizers estimate that 500,000 free books will be given away as part of World Book Night.
Books distributed through the April 23 giveaway are by a wide array of adult and young adult authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish and books in large print. Available titles are based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians and givers.
More information regarding World Book Night can be found online at us.worldbooknight.org.