HAYWARD -- Lbrary volunteers will hand out 340 free copies of "The Language of Flowers" as part of World Book Night on Tuesday.

About 30 volunteers will share the books at hospitals, mass transit stations, nursing homes, schools and food pantries to seek out those without the means or access to printed books.

The event is being sponsored by the Book Shop and the Hayward Public Library.

"The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a novel about an 18-year-old girl who has aged out of the foster care system. In addition to encouraging reading, volunteers are hoping to raise awareness of challenges facing foster youth, said librarian Sally Thomas.

Diffenbaugh will give a talk at the main library on Aug. 17.

For more information about World Book Night, go to www.us.worldbooknight.org.