LAKE PLACID - A local bookstore and several volunteers hope to spread the joy of reading on World Book Night next week.
The event will take place Monday, April 23, in 6,000 cities and towns across the U.S. and organizers plan to give away more than one million free books.
In Lake Placid, the event is being organized by the Bookstore Plus. Sarah Galvin, who co-owns the store with her husband Marc, said World Book Night's aim is to get people reading.
Sarah Galvin, right, co-owner of the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, is helping organize local efforts for World Book Night, a second annual celebration of reading. Her 4-year-old daughter Norah joined her for an interview last week.
"Hopefully, people are getting the books out to people who aren't currently reading, and that new readers are created as a result," Galvin said.
World Book Night started last year in the United Kingdom. This year, it will be held in the U.K., the U.S. and Ireland. April 23 is also World Book Day, which aims to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
Publishers from across the country have donated books for the event, and UPS shipped them to local bookstores and libraries.
Galvin said bookstores and libraries will collect boxes of books, and then volunteers hit the streets to hand them out. In Lake Placid, Nancy Morelli of the Lake Placid Public Library, as well as Amy Quinn, Cherese Bailey, Chennelle Palyswait and Trish Friedlander will distribute books.
Galvin said about 180 books will be distributed in Lake Placid. She said she has five extra cases of books and could still use a few more volunteers.
Books on the list include titles like "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving and "The Stand" by Stephen King.
"It's all of our favorite titles," Galvin said.
For more information about World Book Night, visit www.worldbooknight.org. If you'd like to volunteer as a book distributor, call the Bookstore Plus at 518-523-2950.