---- — PLATTSBURGH — If someone hands you a book in a parking lot or bowling alley on Tuesday, don’t be surprised.
Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System staff, Board of Directors and friends will be helping to give out free books as part of World Book Night 2013.
Some 25,000 volunteers in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country will be encouraging reading by handing out about a half million free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders.
“The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books,” a press release said.
Some local volunteers will pick up their books at the Library System’s 33 Oak St. headquarters and others at member libraries located throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
The Library System hosted a pre-World Book Night on Thursday, April 18, when Director Ewa Jankowska and staff welcomed local givers in to pick up their books and tour the system.
During the day on Tuesday, system staff and friends will give away books at Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh.
Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chairpeople of World Book Night.
“In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it,” Patterson said in the release. “This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books.”
The 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.
For more information about World Book Night or to be placed on a contact list for 2014, call the Library System at 563-5190.