Book Drive at the Mega Recycling Event, April 7
Books to Benefit, a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization, will be on-site at the Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo at the Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center parking lot to accept gently used books on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. – noon. Books collected during the Mega Recycling Event will help Books to Benefit stock shelves for the upcoming June 14-17 used book sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs.
“While Books to Benefit has been in the news lately for reuniting vintage books of historical significance locally, we don’t want to lose sight of our main mission to raise money for local literacy programs,” commented Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff. “Collecting gently used books to sell is our only source of income for this all-volunteer organization. We hope the community responds in a big way on Saturday to help us stock our shelves.”
In addition to its semiannual book sales and its goal of keeping affordable books available in the community, Books to Benefit works to rehome vintage books, which otherwise are often thrown away. Thanks to the efforts of vintage expert and volunteer Dr. Mary Ryder, The Bayonet Manual, an 1862 copy of an officer’s manual previously owned by Captain G.W. Reynolds during the Civil War, was returned to his descendants, Steve and Kathy Gossard. Likewise, a first edition copy of William Wilberforce’s 1807 A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade was presented to Illinois Wesleyan University’s Ames Library. And, most recently, a German Bible with an original marriage certificate found its home with the great-great granddaughter of the couple, Jennifer Vielhak of Mackinaw.
Staffed completely by volunteers, Books to Benefit keeps operating costs at a minimum and is seeking book donations in support of the June sale. To learn more about how Books to Benefit supports literacy, visit www.books2benefit.com, fb.com/books2benefitbloomington, phone (309) 531-8320, or speak with volunteers at the Mega Recycling Event on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. -noon in the Illinois Wesleyan Shirk Center parking lot. Visit www.facebook.com/events/2012363515672573/ to learn more.
Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book 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.