Free books to be available at World Book Night at Havelock library

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 08:54 AM.

Jeanette Haynes calls herself a reader, and she wants to help others enjoy a good book just as much as she does.

"The library when I was growing up was my second home," she said.

Haynes is participating in the annual World Book Night giveaway scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

As part of the event, Haynes will be giving away copies of the book "Devil in a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley. It is the first in a series of Mosley books that follow Easy Rawlins, a young black veteran who loses his job in the late 1940s in Southern California. As a last resort, he takes up an offer to find a beautiful French woman who was last seen with a gangster. The search takes Rawlins through the underbelly of some of the meanest streets in Los Angeles.

Haynes said the World Book Night giveaway started just three years ago and has spread to include Ireland, England, Germany and the United States. She said that last year 80,000 volunteers gave away 2.5 million books.

"The goal is to give books away to people who don’t normally read, to get them involved and to get them to enjoy reading," she said. "It’s not that they can’t read. It’s just that no one ever encouraged it. It’s reading for fun and for education."

Haynes said she learned about the project online last year from a friend and applied through World Book Night, which supplies the books free to the volunteers.

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