CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Since she learned to read as a child, Vivian Taylor has loved books.
"I was that kid that was always in the corner with a book," the Charleston resident said. "Now I'm the adult who's always in the corner with a book."
And on Monday, Taylor and tens of thousands of other bookworms will get a chance to share their love of reading with others in a very tangible way.
Taylor is taking part in World Book Night, an event that has thousands of people from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland giving out free copies of select paperbacks to people in their communities.
The event started last year in the United Kingdom.
This year, in 6,000 towns and cities in the United States, volunteers will give away half a million books. World Book Night, a nonprofit organization supported by American book publishers, provides the paperbacks.
Several area book-givers are picking their copies at Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston.
Book givers chose from a list of 30 titles.
Taylor will pass out 20 copies of Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She said the book was one of the few autobiographies that connected with her as a black woman.
"It's a young Maya Angelou and [she's] speaking about being a black female child in the United States," Taylor said. "It just kind of rang a chord -- always feeling that you're slightly out of step."
Taylor wants to pass out her books either at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center or the Roosevelt Community Center, she said.
"I thought it might be somewhere a large number of minorities are," she said. "I thought it would be nice to pass the book out to other minorities."