(New Rochelle, NY) -- UNESCO has declared April 23rd as World Book Day, an annual celebration of reading and books, which will see tens of thousands of people share books with others in their communities across America to spread the joy and love of reading. The date was chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death.
Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night will also be celebrated in the U.S. in 2012, with news of more countries to come in future years. This is the event’s inaugural year in the U.S.
The New Rochelle Public Library distributed free books (Q is for Quarry, by Sue Grafton), which were provided by World Book Night organization, at the New Rochelle Metro North Train Station.