School of Library & Information Science celebrates World Book Night with distribution of free books


LSU School of Library and Information Science hosted a World Book Night distribution event at the Carver Branch Library of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system from six to eight p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

SLIS graduate student Sara Pic organized the event in which Graduate Library Information Science Student Association (GLISSA) could distribute hundreds of free books to the public to spread the love of reading.

“Our goals were to connect with low and nonreaders, hopefully encouraging them to read by giving them a good book that we raved about. World Book Night stresses that you must have a personal connection to the book. You must have read it and want to recommend it because it is your enthusiasm that ‘sells’ the book,” said Pic.


Books distributed were: Zora and Me by Victoria Bond, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers, Dog Star by Donald Windham, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian, and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain


World Book Night was founded three years ago to celebrate the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Day of the Book. World Book Night is celebrated in thousands of places worldwide to help encourage reading among people who are low- or non-readers. Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. On April 23 –Shakespeare’s birthday– tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.


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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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