Books to Benefit Fall Book Harvest for Literacy
Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit organization that collects and sells books to support local literacy programs, is hosting a book drive to support local literacy efforts.
“The $20,000 check anonymously donated in June to First Book McLean County reminds us of how supportive our community is of local literacy efforts. The donor’s letter stated that the donation was, in part, a result of the excellent media coverage of literacy-related stories. We wish to capitalize on the momentum by giving the public a painless and impactful way to support local literacy. We are asking the public to donate gently used books during the Books to Benefit Fall Book Harvest for Literacy at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal on Saturday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” shared Jackie Langhoff, president of Books to Benefit. “Volunteers will be on hand to help unload donations and offer a donation tax receipt.”
Books donated to Books to Benefit are sold at the semiannual sales in June and November. Books to Benefit is currently seeking donations of books in preparation for its next sale, November 1-4. Proceeds of the sales are donated to STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs. The Fall Book Harvest for Literacy will help make the event a bigger success!
Occasionally books of scholarly value are among the collections. Whenever possible these books are sold or donated to scholarly libraries for access and preservation. Books to Benefit has placed rare books in 15 academic libraries, presidential libraries and museums throughout the country. Books to Benefit recently placed with the Hudson Area Public Library several works by Hudson native Elbert Hubbard. These rare pieces will enhance the Hubbard collection, which began in 1995 when the new library in Hudson was opened.
Among the donated books, Books to Benefit found several volumes of Hubbard’s works, including a rare copy of his Notebook in the original dust cover and gift box, as well as a copy of his published Scrapbook, a copy of the Message to Garcia, the two-volume Time and Chance: A Narrative Life of John Brown, and a scarce, signed and numbered first edition of the life of composer and violinist Niccolò Paganini.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), a writer, publisher, philosopher, and artist, founded the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, NY, and supported the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early twentieth century. His home on Broadway in Hudson still stands and is marked as an historical site.
To learn more about the Fall Harvest for Literacy or Books to Benefit, visit www.Books2Benefit.com or phone (309) 531-8320.