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Monongalia and Preston County Literacy Volunteers Participate in World Book Night

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The Monongalia and Preston County Literacy Volunteers participated in World Book Night on Tuesday.

Representatives passed out 200 books in both Rowlesburg and Kingwood.

Erin Clemens is the executive director of Literacy Volunteers and said Preston County was an easy choice.

"There's actually only two libraries in Preston County, in Terra Alta and Kingwood. A lot of communities don't have regular access to books. They don't have book stores or book sellers," said Clemens.

World Book Night is held on April 23 because its Shakespeare's birthday. This was the second year for World Book Night.

Literacy Volunteers passed out copies of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in a spontaneous manner.

"World Book Night is about spontaneous distribution. It's finding people in the community who you just surprise with a book as a present. Talk to them about literacy and the importance of reading, and hope they share that with other people," Clemens said.

Literacy Volunteers passed out the books using its Ruby Read Mobile Library. The mobile library visits Rowlesburg every week.

"Children in this county need to either go to Kingwood or Terra Alta to even access the library service. So I come into the schools, and visit the children for about an hour or two. They get to choose a book just like in a real library, check it out and take it home," said Sarah Scardina, the mobile librarian for Literacy Volunteers.

Clemens said one of the main goals of World Book Night is to spread the love of reading.

"It's kind of geared towards low literacy level readers or people who are not regular readers. It's to kind of spur on the love of reading," said Clemens.

Scardina said working with the mobile library is a rewarding experience.

"I love to find the perfect book that gets a child excited about reading. There's nothing that I find more rewarding to see a kid find a book that they love to read," Scardina said.

Any leftover books will be passed out on Wednesday.

World Book Night was celebrated in Gilmer County as well.