World Book Night - Application Process Part 1

In order to encourage everyone to apply to be a book giver, I have decided to make aspects of my experience public. So, first for my selection process. Choosing the book and the recipients is similar to a chicken and the egg scenario. For the purpose of clarity, I will start with the books and then decide on my community members who are potential recipients.

The Books
  • A book I have never read (I will read all books before I complete my application)

  • A book that piques my interest

  • A book that has appeal factors for potential recipients in my community.
These are the contenders: 

168668         Same Difference

589819           Bobcat and Other Stories

Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)          The Dog Stars

Potential Recipients in my Community
  • Seniors living in an apartment building on a bus route near the public library where I work.
  • Adults at the Recreational Center across the street from the library where I work.
  • People who use the drop-in center in my neighborhood for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty.


World Book Night 2014 - Be a Book Giver

Thank you so much for supporting me throughout Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon. I read almost 800 pages, which means I will be donating $80 to World Book Night US .

On the World Book Night website you can read more about the history of World Book Night. This post is to encourage everyone  to consider applying to be a book giver. Below I will just outline the highlights for GIVERS.

When: Books are distributed on April 23, 2014 UNESCO's International Day of the Book and Shakespeare's birthday. Applications are available today - January 5, 2014. Please pay special attention to the guidelines on the website. In the application you will also be asked three questions. Please think about your answers before applying.

  1. Where do you intend to give out the books?
  2. To whom do you intend to give the books?
  3. Why do you want to participate in World Book Night?
Brevity is NOT a plus in your answers: please be passionate and detailed. It helps. Up to 100 words. Thank you!

What: Give away 20 books of a single title (35 titles from which to choose)

Who: 25,000 volunteers distribute half a million books to those who don't regularly read, Encouraging reading in the teen and adult population, especially those who may not have access to printed books for reasons of means or geography.

The goal of World Book Night is to seek out adult readers wherever they are, in towns and cities, in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low-income schools to mass transit.


Dewey Read-A-Thon Final Update

End of Event Meme
Which hour was most daunting for you? Hours 19 - 24 were difficult. Hour 23 was the worst! I am glad I had an audiobook, so I could walk around while listening to my final read.  

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Ajax Penumbra 1969 the prequel to Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore; You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko is a suspenseful YA read. 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-A-Thon next year? It was a great event. I have no suggestions for improvement.

What do you think worked really well in this years read-a-thon? The Cheerleaders were awesome this year and my inaugural read-a-thon book party was a success.
How many books did you read? I finished 4 books and started a 5th.
What were the names of the books you read?
  • You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko
  • Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • Life Is So Good by George Dawson
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Performed by Jeff Woodman
Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed all of my reads this read-a-thon, but if I had to choose one it would be Ajax Penumbra 1969
Which book did you  enjoy least? I enjoyed all of my reads this read-a-thon, but if I had to choose one that I liked least it would be You Know What You Have To Do. Horror is not my genre and THAT ENDING. THAT. ENDING.
If you were a Cheerleader,  do you have any advice for next year's Cheerleaders? I was not a Cheerleader, but I must say TEAM OTTER ROCKS!
How likely are you to participate in a Read-a-thon again? I am VERY likely to participate in a Read-a-thon again. What role would you be likely to take next time? I would like to be a Reader again. I would also consider hosting a mini-challenge.

Dewey Read-A-Thon Hour 22 Update

Currently Reading: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Performed by Jeff Woodman

Total Pages Read: 786

Books Read: 4

*Hour 22 and I won a prize :) Woohoo!


Dewey Read-A-Thon Hour 18 Update

The Westing Game
Currently Reading: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Performed by Jeff Woodman

Total Pages Read: 728

Books Read: 4

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Hour 15.5 Update


Currently Reading: Life is So Good by George Dawson

Total Pages Read 546

Books Read: 3

Dewey Read-A-Thon Hour 12 Update

Mid-Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Eyes Tired?
I am very tired, but I am now with friends at a read-a-thon party so I have my second wind.
2) What have you finished reading?
I have finished reading three books so far:
  • You Know What You Have to Do by Bonnie Shimko
  • Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
3) What is your favorite read so far?
My favorite read so far is Ajax Penumbra 1969, prequel to Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
4) What about your favorite snacks?
I have discovered a new affection for edamame hummus.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the read-a-thon? If so, give them some love.
I have been so busy reading that I haven't gone blog hopping YET, but I know when I get tired that I will hit the blogs for some inspiration and some mini-challenges.

Dewey Read-A-Thon Hour 10 Update

The Year of Billy Miller

Currently Reading: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Total Pages Read: 317
Books Read: 2

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Hour 8.5 Update

Ajax Penumbra 1969
Currently Reading: Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
Total Pages Read: 230
Books Read: 1

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Hour 3 Update


Currently Reading: You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko

Total Pages Read: 64

Books Read: 0

Dewey's Read- A - Thon Hour 1 Update

Introductory Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Denver, CO, USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Life is So Good by George Dawson

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The food being prepared by my awesome friends who agreed to read for part of the day with me.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a former classroom teacher and am now a public librarian. I read for business and for pleasure. I have an affinity for children's literature, mysteries and African-American authors.

 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  This is my third read-a-thon, but today will be my first time I read with friends.  We are getting together for part of the day to read together. I think I am going to like this party twist aspect of the read-a-thon.


Currently Reading: You Know What You Have to Do by  Bonnie Shimko
Pages Read: 20
Books Read: 0



Dewey's Read-A-Thon Preparations

It is October and that has come to mean one thing and one thing only. That's right! It is time for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. One entire day, 24 hours, dedicated to reading. Saturday, October 12, 2013. Nothing gets me blogging like Dewey's Read-a-thon. This is my third read-a-thon and I am starting to get the hang of things. I now have clear goals and a plan of action. It is not a detailed plan of action, but at least I have the outline of a strategy.
Last read-a-thon I planned my reading location well, which made for a comfortable and relaxing 24 hours. I had plenty of quiet space, supplemental reading materials, great light, internet access, and comfortable chairs. This read-a-thon I have planned the social aspects of the read-a-thon, and I believe it will make for a fun and lively 24 hours.
To make this experience more social, I told EVERYBODY about the read-a-thon and asked them to participate. None of my friends could participate for the entire read-a-thon, but a couple of them volunteered to be cheerleaders #RahRahReadathon! The best thing is that several of my friends and I are getting together for a read-a-thon party. They are cooking the food and I am bringing the books and snacks. We are all going to sprawl out and READ READ READ!!!
  • Read all of the Silver Bell Award Winners
  • Read at least one book out of my comfort zone (which means romance and/or horror)
  • HAVE FUN!!!
  • cheese
  • crackers
  • turkey jerky

Book Gifts for Guests 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Reader 1- Male;  Mid-Late 50's;  Former bookseller
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Reader 2 - Female; 12 years old, Student
School for Science and Technology
Beautiful Ruins
Reader 3 - Female; Mid 40's; Writer

Golden Boy
Reader 4 - Female; Mid 40's; Social Activist
Page by Paige
Reader 5-Female; 16 years old; Student School for the Arts


Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
Reader 6 - Male; 7 years old; Student; Series fan

The Running Dream
Reader 7 - Female; Mid 40's; Runner