Trine to celebrate World Book Night on April 23

ANGOLA, Ind. – "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."

-- BF Skinner, 1904-1990, American psychologist, author, inventor and social philosopher.

Sharing and encouraging a love of reading is the goal when Trine University takes part in World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23.

Trine senior Ashley McLaughlin of Angola, a forensics science major, will host a free book exchange from 6 to 9 p.m. April 23 with the help and support of the Trine University library and Department of Humanities and Communication. The event will take place on the first floor of the library, also known as the LINK, in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center.

In addition to the book exchange, participants can enter in a free raffle drawing to win one of 10 copies of "Wait Till Next year" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster).

Book donations are welcome but not required. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and help spread the love of reading.

Organizers of World Book Night 2014 expect to give away a half a million books with the help of 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak, Ala., to Key West, Fla., in more than 6,000 towns and cities. The national event is part of World Book Night U.S. (WBN), a campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book provided by WBN, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, these book-givers share their books in various locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries and underfunded schools.

WBN is a nonprofit organization supported by UPS, authors, publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barns & Noble and the Ingram Content Group.