Books to Benefit Awards Six $50 Gift Certificates to Area Teachers
In honor of September’s National Literacy Month, Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit organization that collects and sells books to support local literacy programs, awarded six $50 gift certificates to new first- and second-year teachers from area schools to stock their classroom libraries.
“With recent cuts in educational funding, many schools have been forced to share library staff and limit library hours, making the classroom library even more important,” commented Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff. “We know teachers already invest their own money in other classroom resources. Stocking a classroom with books can be very expensive, particularly for new teachers. Books to Benefit is all about the magic of reading. Our board wanted to help so they voted to set aside funds to help first- and second-year teachers shop our upcoming sale. This is another way Books to Benefit supports literacy locally.”
Six teachers – Jessica Bennett, kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s Elementary; Aurora Garceau, third-grade teacher at Colene Hoose Elementary; Abigail Schultz, early childhood special education teacher at Sugar Creek Elementary; Rachel Heckman, seventh-grade English teacher at Bloomington Junior High School; Jessica Clark, first-grade teacher at Olympia West Elementary; and Stephanie O’Neill, pre-k teacher at Brigham Early Learning Center – were chosen at random to each receive a $50 gift certificate, redeemable at any Books to Benefit Used Book Sale, along with a free Preview Sale admission ticket to give these teachers the first pick of books at the sale. Books to Benefit gift certificates never expire and may be used at any time during any semiannual sale. $50 can go a long way to filling the shelves. Most children’s books are priced at $.50. Young adult and teen hardcover books are only $2.00 each.
The Children’s section is an educator’s dream, sorted by a local teacher and arranged by age group, separating fiction and nonfiction, and highlighting series, authors and award winners. Teachers’ resource materials and classroom sets are also available.
The next sale is scheduled November 1-4 at the Books to Benefit location, 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal (the Crossroads Center or former outlet mall down the road from Marcus Wehrenberg Theatre). The Preview Sale, for which there is a $5 per person admission fee, is open from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. There is no admission fee on Friday, November 2, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, November 4, from noon-4 p.m., is the Book Lover’s Bag Sale. Patrons purchase grocery bags for $5 each from Books to Benefit and fill them to the top with books.
Proceeds from the semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs and provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Textbook Scholarship at Heartland Community College. Books to Benefit also encourages volunteerism through community service and assures that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works. To learn more about Books to Benefit or to find the dates and times of the November sale, visit www.book2benefit.com, follow us on Facebook at www.fb.com/books2benefitBloomington or phone (309) 531-8320.
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.