From Boston to Berkeley and Sitka to Sarasota, the country will be a half-million books richer because of contributions through World Book Night.

Walla Walla Valley resident Kit Maestretti said in a release that volunteers will spread out on April 23 to disseminate free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities around the nation.

“World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give free, specially-printed books to light- or non-readers across America. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love to those without means or access to a printed book.”

Support comes also from local bookstores and libraries. The volunteers will go into hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, Little League games, food pantries spreading the printed word as they go.

That’s where Altrusa International of Walla Walla comes in, Kit said. They’re proud to be participating in World Book Night U.S. and their group of WBN book givers will help spread the love of reading, Kit said.

“The volunteer book givers are wonderful, generous and passionate people. World Book Night is not a random giveaway, but a focused attempt to reach people in communities who would benefit from the gift of a book,” said WBN U.S. Executive Director Carl Lennertz.

“Our volunteers give of their time and energy to seek out those in need, one by one, on April 23. It is a very specific and personal act of kindness—the sharing of a book with someone you don’t know—and we hope that more will hear about this and apply next year to be book givers themselves.”

For more information, contact Kit at .

The Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center is just days away from its monthly strawberry waffle supper.

Organizers hope to see a great turnout for the meal, to be served at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave.

The supper is sponsored by Affinity at Walla Walla, according to Howard Ostby, executive director.

The $4 fee includes a “huge” Belgian waffle smothered with strawberries and topped with whipped cream and the center’s “famous” sausage on the side.

Call the Senior Center for further details at 527-3775.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or 526-8313.


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