The auditorium at Weyauwega-Fremont High School was transformed into a reading room this week.
On the evening of Monday, April 23, students found the perfect spots to curl up with a good book.
They were celebrating the joy of reading during World Book Night U.S.
Weyauwega was among the U.S. communities selected to give out a case of free books that night.
Carrie Gruman-Trinkner, who is the choral director at W-F High School, applied to be a book giver.
An author herself, she was among the thousands of people who wrote an essay about why she should be a book giver.
In communities throughout the country, free books were handed out on Monday night.
Book givers were able to choose from a list of 30 titles.
Gruman-Trinkner received Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
On the bottom of the cover of the book are the words, “World Book Night U.S. 2012,” and on the back cover, is the list of the 30 World Book Night titles for this year.
There is also a letter to the reader inside of the book which begins, “You are holding in your hands one of the free books especially printed for World Book Night, handed out on April 23, 2012, by thousands of volunteers in communities across America as a celebration of the joy of books and reading.
“It’s been said a million times before, but it is still true: no one finishes a book the same person as when they started, whether filled with a new understanding of life or just happier for the hours lost in a good story.
“It is also true that few things feel as good in the hand as a printed book. This one is yours, and we hope that someday it is someone else’s, too. There are few gifts more precious than sharing the love of a good story with someone else.”
As the pages of Angelou’s book were turned by readers on Monday night in Weyauwega, Gruman-Trinker smiled.
“We had about 50 (people) come in and out. That was awesome,” she said.