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Teacher: Fall in love – with books

Educator to give away novel

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 10:04 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 11:50 a.m. CDT
Jenny Brown

DIXON – First-grade teacher Jenny Brown has a target Wednesday: Nonreaders and light readers.

In celebration of World Book Night, the Washington Elementary School teacher will distribute 20 copies of the novel "Miss Darcy Falls in Love" by Sharon Lathan. It's a spinoff of a Jane Austen classic, "Pride and Prejudice."

World Book Night is a nonprofit group that celebrates reading by organizing book giveaways on that night. This year, 25,000 volunteers givers are expected to hand out 500,000 books.

"This year, I signed up to be a book giver, something I have never done before, and I was chosen," Brown wrote in an email. "I requested and was granted permission to give away these free copies outside of the school [Wednesday] after I dismiss my students."

The organization, she said, wants to focus on nonreaders and light readers.

"I thought a lot about where to distribute books," Brown said in an interview. "I know parents are busy people. Whether they open the book or not, at least they'll have it in their hands. I know how much joy I get out of reading."

She has her reasons for giving away the books after school:

• "There are lots of adults coming to pick up their children."

• "I am helping to promote reading at a school."

• "The students see their teacher excited about books."

• "The parents see a teacher excited about books."

Books on First in Dixon is the pickup point for books for World Book Night, Brown said.

Larry Dunphy, co-owner of Books on First, is a "great part of the community," she said. "He goes to the extra effort."

Washington Elementary gets out at 2:15 p.m.

For more information on World Book Night, visit

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