Books are Essential.

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Virtual Book Trivia Night!

Join Open Books on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 pm for a night of literature trivia fun! Gather all your book nerds and library lovers for some fun book trivia supporting literacy programs in Chicago.

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Open Books Writing Competition 2020
Sponsored by Dolores McArdle Reading Trust

Open to all 3rd-12th grade students, with a focus on those in the Chicagoland area.
Students can submit a short story, non-fiction essay, personal narrative, or poem.
Maximum length 2,500 words.
Submissions close Friday, May 8, 2020.

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Shop Our Books Online

Our online bookstore is open! Free shipping on all orders $10 or more. All purchases support our programs, and are vital to keeping Open Books as a part of the community.

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Team Bookin' It 2020

Open Books' annual fundraiser Team Bookin' It (TBI) brings together runners, readers, and walkers in support of literacy.

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Literacy Resources

Check out these great literacy resources while you shelter in place
For Parents, PreK, and Grades 1-12!

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Financial Donation

The generosity of donors helps us engage more than 5,000 youth through our literacy programs and give way more than 150,000 books to children and families each year. Together, we can transform lives through reading, writing, and the giving power of used books.


We Want Your Books!

Each year, generous readers donate hundreds of thousands of books to support literacy. We sell those books in our stores and online to help fund our programs, use and give them away in our literacy and book grant programs.

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Open Books is thrilled and honored to be bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to our city as their exclusive Chicago affiliate for children ages 0-5!

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651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

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Literacy Programs

Open Books transforms students’ reading and writing skills through experienced educators who deliver innovative instruction, passionate volunteers who serve as positive role models and provide enthusiastic support, safe learning environments for practice, exploration, and social-emotional growth, and access to high-quality books and tailored curricula.

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We collect used books.

All books in good condition are welcome, and all donations are tax-deductible. Find out what we take and how to get them to us.

We sell and grant them.

We give books to students in our instructional programs, donate them to educators and students through our book programs, and sell them in our Chicago stores and online.

They fund our programs.

We provide transformational literacy experiences for more than 5,000 K-12 students every year, from reading help through novel-writing.

Volunteers = magic.

Volunteers work with our students, organize our books, staff our events, and make everything happen.

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