US World Book Night
"We need 50,000 book-loving volunteers to fan out across America on April 23, 2012! Just take 20 free copies of a book to a location in your community, and you just might change someone's life.
The goal is to give books to new readers, to encourage reading, to share your passion for a great book. The entire publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing, and paper community is behind this effort with donated services and time. And with a million free World Book Night paperbacks!"
The US sign-up date is by Feb. 1. There are also UK and Ireland sites.
Here author's say their name, sometimes with stories about their naming or meaning of the names too.
10 Impressive People Who Educated Themselves With Only a Library Card
Granted it's a little harder to get somewhere these days without a piece of paper showing your education, but it certainly gives you something to think about!