Amazon Celebrates World Book Day

Anyone who has been lost in a good book can attest that there’s nothing like curling up on a rainy, gray Pacific Northwest afternoon with a paperback — or a Kindle, if they are so inclined — and falling feet first into another world. Whether it’s riding the train to Hogwarts with Harry and his friends, or hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with Cheryl Strayed, a good book has the power to transport you to another time and place.

Perhaps this is why Amazon is opening their campus’ Van Vorst Library to the community on April 20 to celebrate a most joyous occasion, World Book Day. The event, which Amazon is calling their Global Free Library, will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. during which participants are encouraged to bring a book to donate in exchange for a book from Amazon’s library.

Bookmarks also will be distributed on which participants can write a quick note about the book’s significance which can then be slipped in to their donation for the recipient to enjoy. Additionally, there will be plenty of activities for all ages including author readings and discussions, photo booths, snacks, story time for children, and temporary tattoos with popular book passages.

Any books remaining at the end of the event will be donated to Mary’s Place for homeless women and children as well as the Pike Place Market Foundation.

Amazon customers that can’t attend the event but would still like to participate in World Book Day can do so by supporting literacy organizations through AmazonSmile.

Amazon’s Van Vorst Library and courtyard is located at 426 Terry Avenue North in Seattle. For more information, check out Amazon’s Facebook page.

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