Schusterman-Benson Library will be closed Feb. 8-20 for library improvements.
As an official distribution site for “World Book Night,” April 23, 2014, Tulsa City-County Library customers can apply to be “book givers” and receive 20 paperback books to give away for free. World Book Night is a national campaign to encourage reading and giving. On this day, 25,000 volunteers throughout the U.S. will each receive 20 books to give to light or non-readers and to those without the means or access to books. Selected book givers will receive their books to give at a library reception the week before World Book Night on April 23. Book lovers can apply online to become a volunteer book giver through Jan. 5, 2014. Book descriptions for the 35 chosen titles in English and Spanish, guidelines and an online application are available at www.us.worldbooknight.org. Applicants will be notified in February if they were selected as a book giver and which book they will receive to distribute in the community. “I’m excited to be part of a nationwide effort to get books into the hands of those who tend not to read much,” said Cindy Hulsey, Central Readers’ Library and Media Center manager. “The library is proud to be a pick-up location for book givers for the first time this year. The mission of World Book Night is a perfect fit with the mission of the library. We aim to foster a love of reading and lifelong learning.” The 35 World Book Night titles for 2014, alphabetical by author, are: The Zookeeper’s Wife, Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton) Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain (Ecco) The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown (Berkley) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster) After the Funeral, Agatha Christie (William Morrow Paperbacks) The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1, John Flanagan (Puffin Books) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford (Ballantine Books) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet in Large Print (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning) The Lighthouse Road, Peter Geye (Unbridled Books) The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books) Wait Till Next Year, Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster) Catch-22, Joseph Heller (Simon & Schuster) The Dog Stars, Peter Heller (Vintage) Hoot, Carl Hiaasen (Knopf) Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor (Penguin Books) Same Difference, Derek Kirk Kim (First Second Books) Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Miss Darcy Falls in Love, Sharon Lathan (Sourcebooks) Bobcat and Other Stories, Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books) Young Men and Fire, Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press) Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin (HarperPerennial) Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (New American Library) Sunrise Over Fallujah, Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic) Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson (HarperTrophy) The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan (Random House) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) When I Was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda Santiago (Da Capo) Cuando Era Puertorriqueña, Esmeralda Santiago (Vintage Español) Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (Back Bay Books) Where’d You Go, Bernadette in Large Print (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning) Wild, Cheryl Strayed (Vintage) Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (Grand Central Publishing) Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein (Disney Hyperion) This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff (Grove Atlantic) 100 Best-Loved Poems, edited by Philip Smith (Dover) World Book Night is sponsored by UPS, authors, publishers, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, American book Sellers Association, American Library Association, along with dozens of other publishers and printers. For more information on World Book Night or other Tulsa City-County Library programming, call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or visit the library’s website, www.tulsalibrary.org.