Team Bookin’ It 2018

Open Books’ annual fundraiser Team Bookin’ It, brings together runners and virtual runners in support of literacy. TBI is part of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, July 21-22 at Grant Park. The race includes a 5K on Saturday, July 21 and a 10K and Half Marathon on Sunday, July 22.

If you’re not into running, you can still be part of the TBI team! Sign up as a virtual runner, and let your fundraising creativity shine! Proceeds from TBI support Open Books’ literacy and book granting programs.

Fundraising Minimums

Half Marathon: $700
10K: $500
5K and Virtual Runner: $300

Sign up for Team Bookin’ It 2018

Register for Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Pop-Up Free Library

For three days, BING will transform into a FREE BOOKSTORE! Our friends at Open Books will be dropping by to fill our shelves with a wide array of fiction, non-fiction, YA, and children’s books that will all be up for grabs. Bring your reusable shopping bag (feel free to fill it with any books that you’d like to contribute to the giveaway) and pick out some gems. Beginning the following Tuesday, BING will reopen with an entirely new inventory containing fiction, poetry, Black studies, cookbooks, children’s books, art + photography, and much more!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Trivia Night

Spend Prom in the Library: A celebration of all things Buffy

Are you tired of dances being crashed by demons? Were you too busy stopping the apocalypse to go prom dress shopping? Well don’t fret, spend prom in the library instead! Open Books invites all Scoobies to our West Loop Bookstore as we turn it into the Sunnydale High Library for our celebration of the anniversary of the Prom episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We will have Buffy trivia, Buffy themed drinks ($5 suggested donations), a photo booth, and general geeking out-ness. Feel free to break out your best prom wear or come wearing your finest Buffy or themed graphic tee. #PromUp

This is a free event open to all but we ask that you bring a book donation for admission and drinks have a $5 suggested donation.

*NOTE: trivia will include all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and contain SPOLIERS. Angel the series and the comic books will not be included in trivia.

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Join us in spreading the joy of literacy through reading, writing, and the SLAYING power of used books.

Make The Case 2017

Join us for MAKE THE CASE 2017 at Moonlight Studios!

Make the Case is a fun-filled evening where teams of local literacy supporters go head-to-head trying to decorate the coolest, most creative bookcase they can in three hours. Spectators are invited to cheer on the teams; enjoy food, drinks, and music; and submit their votes for the best case. At the end of the evening, the winning team receives fabulous prizes and bragging rights for a year. After the event, Open Books stocks the shelves with engaging, age-appropriate, high-quality books through our Book Worm Angels program, and donates them to classrooms and nonprofit organizations throughout the city. In 2015, more than 300 people attended Make the Case, helping to grant more than 125,000 books in the 2015-2016 school year.

There will also be music, raffle prizes, open bar, food and fun!

More info coming soon!

Make The Case 2017

Join us for MAKE THE CASE 2017 at Moonlight Studios!

Make the Case is a fun-filled evening where teams of local literacy supporters go head-to-head trying to decorate the coolest, most creative bookcase they can in three hours. Spectators are invited to cheer on the teams; enjoy food, drinks, and music; and submit their votes for the best case. At the end of the evening, the winning team receives fabulous prizes and bragging rights for a year. After the event, Open Books stocks the shelves with engaging, age-appropriate, high-quality books through our Book Worm Angels program, and donates them to classrooms and nonprofit organizations throughout the city. In 2015, more than 300 people attended Make the Case, helping to grant more than 125,000 books in the 2015-2016 school year.

There will also be music, raffle prizes, open bar, food and fun!

More info coming soon!