Oh, what a night! Oak Park Public Library staff members and other area givers simultaneously shared their love of reading, person to person and one book at a time on the evening of Wednesday, April 23. In all, 15 givers each shared 20 free books to passersby at various high-traffic spots in Oak Park, including CTA train stations, area parks, grocery stores and downtown sidewalks. All generated a lot of stories as well as a lot of smiles.
Watch night-of video of givers sharing their thoughts and impressions about the experience:
- "Stop! Free Books!" 
- "It's About Access" 
- "Thoughtfulness of the Decline" 
- "Seeing the Big Smile" 
Celebrated annually, World Book Night connects free books and people, helping participants share books based on the belief that "reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness."
"Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life-changing."
As a library whose mission supports a love of reading, we couldn't agree more!
See photos from staff and area givers on our Instagram .