The Purdy Branch Library will be giving away free books during the first World Book Night in the United States on April 23.
"What's better that a good book?" asked Anna Quindlen, the U.S. campaign's honorary chairman. "A whole box of them, and the opportunity to share them with new readers. The idea behind World Book Night is inspired, and as a writer and a reader, I am thrilled to be a part of it."
The campaign seeks to give away a half million free, specially printed books across America.
Books were chosen by a panel of booksellers and librarians. The printing of free books was made possible due to the generosity of authors, publishers and book manufacturing companies.
Some of the 30 titles for the 2012 give-away include: "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie; "Wintergirls," by Laurie Halse Anderson; "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou; "Friday Night Lights," by H.G. Bissinger; "Kindred," by Octavia E. Butler; "Ender's Game," by Orson Scott Card; "Little Bee," by Chris Cleve; "The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins; "Blood Work," by Michael Connelly; "Because of Winn-Dixie," by Kate DiCamillo; "My Sister's Keeper," by Jodi Picoult; "The Lovely Bones," by Alice Sebold; "The Glass Castle," by Jeanette Walls; and "The Book Thief," by Markus Zusak.
For more information on World Book Night, call 417-442-7314.