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Children’s Book Drive in Support of Literacy

Books to Benefit Book Drive October 14 and 21 at Wehrenberg TheatreAmerican Family Insurance Agent Kathy Alwes-Petri is sponsoring a Children’s Book Drive at Marcus Wehrenberg Theatre in Bloomington on Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday, October 21, from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

In exchange for a donation of two new or gently used children’s books, the public will receive one free movie pass for the Kids Dream Not-So-Scary Halloween Series, featuring “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Shrek” and “The Book of Life.” The donated books will be offered for sale at the upcoming November 2-5 Books to Benefit Sale at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal.

Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit organization, hosts two book sales annually. The proceeds of its sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.

“Books to Benefit is grateful to Agent Kathy Alwes-Petri, American Family Insurance and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatre for hosting this book drive so close to our sale,” commented Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff. “Children’s books are in high demand so we can never have too many.”

“We are fortunate to have a teacher who organizes our collections in a teacher-friendly way: by age group, highlighting series, authors and award-winners, separating teacher resources, offering multiple copies for class sets and creating a non-fiction category,” added Operational Manager Mary Lou Winterland. “Children, parents and teachers enjoy our sales and purchase all our children’s books at each sale.”

Staffed completely by volunteers, Books to Benefit keeps operating costs at a minimum. To learn more about the October 14 and 21 book drives or the upcoming November 2-5 sale, visit  fb.com/books2benefitbloomington, www.books2benefit.com or phone (309) 531-8320.