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World Book Night to Take Place Locally

On April 15, the process that will result in volunteers giving away free books begins.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15, just one day after the wraps up , volunteers will be at the library to share their stories on why they are giving away books.

The event, held at the Minooka branch, is a meet and greet for the local "givers," a name given for the volunteers who are giving away 20 books each in World Book Night.

"I had read about it and thought it was an awesome idea and volunteered to be a pick-up point," Three Rivers Library Assistant Director Lauren Offerman said.

She applied and the library was chosen as a pick up point. Nine givers will be on hand on Sunday to collect their books.

Givers had a list of books from which to chose for World Book Night.

"There's a list of 30 books that they could choose from and they submitted their top three choices," Offerman said. "They each get 20 copies of the book to hand out."

The target is to give the books to a pocket of the population that does not have access to books.

"(Givers) had to include in their application where they were going to give books out," she said.

Offerman applied to be a giver, chosing the area outside the liquor store and dollar general in Minooka as her location, but she was not chosen to be a giver.

The givers will hand out the books on April 23.

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