World Book Night Comes to the Dyckman Houses

Spreading the love of reading to residents of the Dyckman Houses, a public housing development located in Inwood, my neighborhood in upper Manhattan.

World Book Night takes place all over the country, with books given out to people who might not ordinarily pick up a book. Inwood and Washington Heights has two libraries but no formal bookstore, with the exception of a tiny Barnes & Noble outpost near 168th Street.

This year, Sandra Cisnero's book, The House on Mango Street, was given out, in Spanish. Kindred, a novel by Octavia Butler, was given out last year and was widely appreciated by the residents of the Dyckman Houses. Many of the residents having lunch at the Senior Center speak Spanish and they were delighted to have a book. My Spanish was translated into Spanish and we look forward to seeing each other again next year.

You, too, can participate! Like World Book USA's Facebook page for updates and sign up on the website at

Here are a few photos from our neighbors who enjoyed the books and began reading right away!

Photos taken with an iPhone 4s; permission given to use photos.


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