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Books to Benefit Receives 8,500 Books in Support of Literacy

YouthBuild McLean County students help unload donations.Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit organization that supports local literacy efforts, recently received two generous book donations for the November 2-5 used book sale.

The Burcham and Jennings families recently collected over 1,000 gently used books in honor of deceased neighbor and beloved friend Carolyn Staats. “When Carolyn passed in February, the family asked for book donations in her memory. We wanted to honor her with a special book drive that would benefit our community,” remarked Tracy Jennings. “September 22nd was her birthday so we thought it fitting to collect books and donate them on that day in her honor. Books to Benefit was a logical choice. Carolyn was a teacher, and Books to Benefit supports local literacy efforts.”

“When Books to Benefit learned of the grassroots efforts to collect books in honor of Carolyn, we were truly touched. A book drive is an excellent way to honor the memory of a teacher,” commented Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff. “Because of generation donations like this one, our November 2-5 used book sale will be very well stocked. Book donations are on the rise!”

On Monday, September 25, Babbitt’s Books delivered 7,500 books from the estate of Normal resident Robert Solomon. The Solomon family contacted Babbitt’s in early September to assess the massive non-fiction collection, ultimately settling on donating the collection to Books to Benefit.  Babbitt’s owner Seth Wheeler, two volunteers and members of the Solomon family filled a box truck twice, delivering the books to the Wylie Drive location in Normal where YouthBuild McLean County students and teachers were on hand to help Books to Benefit volunteers unload.

“Seeing all the players working together to support literacy makes this much more than a used book sale,” shared Operational Manager and Books to Benefit Board Member Mary Lou Winterland. “We’re excited to organize this extensive collection for the upcoming sale. For-profit business, nonprofit organizations, literacy students and grassroots individuals are coming together to make a difference in our community.”

Staffed completely by volunteers, Books to Benefit keeps operating costs at a minimum and is currently accepting gently used book donations in support of the November 2-5 sale. To learn more about this event and how Books to Benefit supports literacy, visit  fb.com/books2benefitbloomington, www.books2benefit.com or phone (309) 531-8320.