Readers who would like to help share books with others are invited to participate in World Book Night 2013 through the Deschutes Public Library system.
The worldwide event distributes more than 2 million books annually to promote reading. Locally, the Downtown Bend Public Library is participating as a distribution center and is seeking volunteers to help hand out books on April 23.
According to the World Book Night website, each year 30 books are selected.
The authors waive royalties and publishers pay the costs of producing special World Book Night editions. Bookstores and libraries donate 20 copies of a particular book in their community.
The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Jan. 23. Sign up at www.us.worldbooknight.org.