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World Book Night

Crawford Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107
The Crawford Library of the Health Sciences will be handing out free books to light or non-readers on Wednesday, April 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1601 Parkview Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, as part of World Book Night U.S. The Library will join 25,000 volunteers who will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, volunteers will be sharing books in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools, and more. Avid readers will not receive books but are asked to participate next year as a giver by visiting

World Book Night U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by UPS, authors, publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barnes & Noble, and the Ingram Content Group; a full list of sponsors is at

For more information, contact Ora Daniels at or 815-395-5654.

Ora Daniels, 815.395.5654

Rock Valley College/Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall in Rockford
The Friends of the Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College will host a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in the CherryVale Mall on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

By presenting an official voucher for the RVC fundraiser to the cashier at the time of your purchase at Barnes & Noble that day, you will be donating a portion of the net sale to the RVC library. Proceeds of customer sales will go toward purchasing novels and children’s books for the Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College’s general collection.

Vouchers can be printed in advance at or may be picked up at Barnes & Noble on the day of the event.

The fundraiser will include authors, poets, a live animal display by Hoo Haven, Zumba, and much more throughout the day.

If you are unable to come out on April 26, you can still support the RVC Library through Barnes & Noble by making purchases online at between April 26 and May 1 and entering the Book Fair ID 11149531 at checkout.

Steve Thompson, (815) 921-4612