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Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Winner Melody Dashora

Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff and Board Members Mary Lou Winterland and Jenny Schwarz met Books to Benefit Community Scholarship winner Melody Dashora at the Heartland Community College Celebration of Excellence event on Wednesday, November 7 at Bloomington’s DoubleTree Hotel. “I have had a trying life and have never received a scholarship before! I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Books to Benefit Donates Finnish Collection to Finlandia University

Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit organization that collects and sells books to support local literacy programs, has donated seven rare works in Finnish to Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. Finlandia, a liberal arts college in Michigan’s northernmost city, was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants and is the only institution of higher learning in […]

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Fund A New Drop Box!

Our all-volunteer organization, Books to Benefit, passionately works to support literacy. We collect gently used books from our community drop boxes, after which our volunteers sort the books by genre for eventual sale at one of our two semiannual book sales. The only income we receive is from these book sales and individual donations. Most of […]

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$20,000 Anonymous Donation Focuses the Lens on Local Literacy

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation presented First Book of McLean County with a $20,000 check on behalf of an anonymous donor during its annual Biaggi’s fundraiser on Monday, June 11. A copy of the letter accompanying the check was shared with attendees at the event. According to the letter, the donor’s anonymity was intentional, “…to keep […]

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June 14-17 Book Sale: Supporting Literacy in Our Community

Books to Benefit will raise money for STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs at its semiannual book sale, Thursday, June 14, through Sunday, June 17, at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal (Crossroads Mall, formerly the outlet mall). The preview sale opens on Thursday evening. For a $5 entry fee patrons may […]

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EJHS Student Council Collects Books for Literacy

The Student Council at Evans Junior High School (EJHS) in Bloomington collected over 650 gently used books for Books to Benefit as its spring 2018 community service project.  These books will be among the 25,000 available for sale to raise funds for local literacy programs during the Books to Benefit Used Book Sale June 14-17 […]

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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 […]

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Books to Benefit Returns 1880s Marriage Certificate to Family

Books to Benefit, a local nonprofit organization that raises monies for STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs through its semiannual book sales, has once again found a home for a piece of family history. Among books recently donated was an 1880s German Bible in which was found a marriage certificate. The certificate, […]

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