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Free books given out for World Book Night

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

People across the country and world could be handed a free book in some unexpected places Tuesday for World Book Night.

The worldwide literacy initiative is taking place in many countries as well as locally to turn non-readers into readers.

"Coffee shops, I think, going to a bar might be an interesting place to give out books," said Meghan Milligan of the Kirkland Town Library. "A gas station. Some people are just going outside and just going to a street corner and giving them out."

Milligan is one of over a dozen chosen book givers in our area for World Book Night giving out "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward for free. She and other book distributors hope to target the adults who wouldn't typically be given a book.

"There wasn't anything out there for adults to get a free book and a lot of kids get free books through donations and grants. And we give out free books for kids all summer long in our programs. A lot of places give out free books for kids, but there wasn't any place for adults to get free books," said Amy Dickinson, Community Relations Manager at Barnes and Noble in New Hartford.

An international committee created a list of books that have been specially printed, the authors and publishers foregoing all royalties for the day.

Each book giver received 20 copies of the book they selected to be handed out where they choose.

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