December 4, 2013


FINDLAY, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2013 – Last year, according to a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts, fewer than 47 percent of adults read a novel, play or poem, a significant decline since 2008. In an effort to promote reading in the community, Owens Findlay campus library is encouraging community members to take part in World Book Night U.S. by applying to be volunteer Book Givers, now through January 5.

“Nothing makes me happier than giving someone a book and telling them that they can keep it, said Heather Crozier, librarian, Owens Community College.  “World Book Night gives us the opportunity to share our love of reading by personally connecting with light and nonreaders and simply giving them an amazing book, no strings attached. It is a small gesture, but reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on literacy, which can have a life-changing effect. Owens is involved in literacy initiatives throughout the community, so this is a wonderful opportunity to participate in an event on a national scale. We want to encourage community members, as well as faculty, students, and staff, to be involved.”

World Book Night U.S. is part of an ambitious campaign to encourage reading and giving. Each year, an independent panel of librarians and booksellers chooses 30-35 books to be distributed on World Book Night. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Once the book titles are announced, members of the public can apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community to light or non-readers and to those without the means or access to them. A half million free paperbacks will be handed out across America all on one day — April 23, 2014.

The 35 World Book Night U.S. 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)

Givers who wish to pick up their books at Owens must select Owens Findlay library as their pick-up location during the application process. Books will be available for pick up Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday, April 18, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Owens Findlay campus library. For book descriptions, guidelines and an application to be a Book Giver, please visit

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit