The Book Worm Angels program at Open Books provides free books for in-classroom lending libraries or book grants to K-12 educators and nonprofit groups across Chicago.
Book Worm Angels
The Book Worm Angels program at Open Books donates in-classroom lending libraries, grants of children’s books, and reading resource materials to schools and nonprofit partners across Chicago for students to enjoy and share with their families.

 


FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions



Program


What does the Book Worm Angels program do?


The Book Worm Angels program donates in-classroom lending libraries, grants of children’s books, and reading resource materials to schools and nonprofit partners across Chicago for students to enjoy and share with their families.


I thought schools had their own libraries. Why do they need books?

Many schools do have libraries. Often, though, students can’t take the books home – they must use them in school. In addition, the range of books for purely entertainment reading can be somewhat limited. The Book Worm Angels program goes directly into classrooms to help provide more books to more students and help encourage more reading citywide.


What schools can receive Book Worm Angels lending libraries or book grants?


The Book Worm Angels program is open to all Chicago schools. Books are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given according to need.


What nonprofit groups can receive Book Worm Angels lending libraries or book grants?


The Book Worm Angels program is available to all Chicago nonprofit groups. Books are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given according to need.


What are the rules of the Book Worm Angels program?


Only one: participate and enjoy!


What kinds of books are included in Book Worm Angels libraries and grants?

Requesting educators and nonprofit groups can ask for specific grade levels of books or a general assortment. Open Books then selects a range of books meeting those parameters, boxes them up, and arranges for pickup or delivery by/to the requesting recipient.


How is the success of the Book Worm Angels program measured?

We invite all participating educators and nonprofit groups to take a survey each year to assess the program and make suggestions for improvement. Where appropriate, we also measure reading test scores and other factors.


Can parents be involved with the Book Worm Angels program?


Yes! We offer a special resource page for parents, and are happy to provide copies of our LitKit and other materials on request.


How do I sign my classroom, school, or nonprofit center up for the Book Worm Angels program?


Get all the details and submit your book request right here.




Books


What kind of books does the Book Worm Angels program distribute?

Book Worm Angels lending libraries and book grants include recreational reading books suitable for K-12 students.


What kinds of books can I donate to help support the Book Worm Angels program?

Book Worm Angels is a program at Open Books, which collects and processes all kinds of books to help support its reading and writing programs for thousands of students each year. Any kind of book for any age and on any topic is welcome (including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and adult textbooks!). We fulfill our Book Worm Angels program needs from our total collected stock of children’s books, and use proceeds from all other book donations to help offset operational costs for all our programs.


I want to be absolutely sure that the books I donate go directly to students. Is this possible?

Not directly, no. Open Books does many things with the books it collects, including selling some to help support all of its literacy programs. All children’s books we collect are considered for the Book Worm Angels program, but not all of them are directly used for that purpose.


How can I donate my books?


Many ways! Find out about our dropoff and pickup options right here.


What about book drives? How do I organize one of those?

We are hugely appreciative of book drives and happy to help you organize one for your community center, church, synagogue, school, or other group. Our Book Drive Book has everything you’ll need to get started, including everything from marketing suggestions through instructions for arranging a pickup when the drive is done.


Is my book donation in support of the Book Worm Angels program tax-deductible? How do I value the donation for tax purposes?

Yes. Open Books, which runs the Book Worm Angels program, is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and all book donations to us are tax-deductible. Open Books does not put a value on book donations. It is up to you to decide what value to claim on your taxes. For some general tips and guidelines, this article might be helpful.




Support


How can I help support the Book Worm Angels program?


Organize a book drive, donate your own books, or make a financial gift. Thank you!!


I want to be absolutely sure that my financial gift goes directly to the Book Worm Angels program. Is this possible?

Yes. Just make a note in the comments field of your online donation or the memo line of your check, and we will make sure that your gift is used solely in support of the Book Worm Angels program.


Is my book donation or financial gift in support of the Book Worm Angels program tax-deductible?

Yes. Open Books, which runs the Book Worm Angels program, is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and all gifts to us are tax-deductible.








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