By Kathy L. Collins

On Tuesday, April 23, the Bruton Memorial Library located at 302 McLendon St. in Plant City will participate in World Book Night. The book that will be given away at 6 p.m. is Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief.

Entry slips are available at the library’s information desk. Winners must be present to win.

World Book Night is an international event designed to give books to those who do not regularly read and/or to people who do not normally have access to printed books. Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and book sellers. The authors waive royalties and the publishers pay the cost of printing the specially printed World Book Night US editions.

Once the book titles are chosen, locations are announced who will give away 20 copies of a particular book in their community. The locations are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers.

In our area, the Bruton Memorial Library was chosen. According to Lisa M. Kreutter, Adult Services Librarian II with the Bruton Memorial Library, “The library is participating in order to help promote the love of reading, and we are particularly hoping to give books to people who may be non-readers.” Once the winners are chosen on April 23, any extra copies of the book will be given out throughout the evening.

Kreutter said, “I chose The Lightning Thief (which was made into the popular film, Percy Jackson & The Olympians) as one of the three possible books the library could give out because I knew it was popular with younger readers. Also, I read the book several years ago and enjoyed it. The book incorporates Greek mythology in a fun way for youngsters and is the first title in a five book series.”

The Adult Services Department at the Bruton Memorial Library continues to add new and interesting programs. The library holds two monthly book discussions for adults, a monthly knitting class, a monthly Master Gardener’s class, monthly computer classes and monthly movies for adults. Be on the lookout for interesting summer reading programs.

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