A Special Thank You to Our Contributors

Thank You!

September 2011:

I would like to give a tremendous thank you to Nick and Linda Wlaznik and all the bike riders who participated in the 1st Annual Riding for Reading bikeathon to raise money for Andy’s Books for Kids. The ride was held on Saturday, September 10th at Rock Cut State Park. The bikers were given a choice regarding the distance they wished to ride and almost all the riders chose the long 50 mile ride!

The total amount raised on Saturday and donated to Andy’s Books for Kids was $800 which will go a very long way toward helping fund our projects for 2012.

Hats off to Nick, Linda, Nick’s family, the riders and all the people who so generously donated to Riding for Reading to support Andy’s Books for Kids.

August 2011:

The 2nd Annual Used Book Sale at the 2011 Boone County Fair was a resounding success. Andy’s Books raised $7000, more than double what we raised last year!!

This excellent result would not have been possible without the support of our volunteers and contributors. Thank you to all the following who directly participated in our success:


Kathy O’Brien, Mary Rudzinski, Nancy & Laura Mihelich, Marcy Van Evera, Marissa, Scott Olson, Shelley Wagner & kids, Deb Hightower, Jody & Mike Warren, Upward Bound students: Diego, Josh, Ashley, Shelby, Kayla, Kyle, Cheyenne, Andres, Ariana, Sandra, Emily & DeShawna, Lin Schmeling, Lorna Collier, Linda Voiles, Ashley Losure, Sarah Hyland & Katie Magnuson

Book Drop Locations:

The East State, Charles Street, Harlem Avenue & Rockton Avenue Logli Grocery Stores, the two Pacemaker Grocery Stores in Belvidere, Shopko Store in Belvidere & Wonderland Books and Toys

Used Book Drives were held by the following:

Shirland Elementary School, Immanuel Lutheran School, Brookview Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Belvidere High and Belvidere North High School

Christ United Methodist Church

City of Rockford

Hamilton Sundstrand

Special Thanks to:

Michelsen Office Furniture for so generously donating the use of their book shelves for the week of the fair which infinitely increased our display space and enhanced our booth both aesthetically and practically.

And last but most definitely not least, my sincerest thanks to all who donated the thousands of outstanding used books which provided us with an incredible inventory for our sale!!

August 2010:

Earlier this summer the Rockford Register Star published an article about my not for profit organization, Andy’s Books for Kids. Included in the article was a request for donations of used books to be sold at the Boone County Fair as a fundraiser for Andy’s Books. The fair ended on Sunday, August 15th and my book sale was a wonderful success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who through their participation were instrumental in that success.

A big thank you goes to the Logli grocery stores, the Curves Women Fitness Centers, the Rockford and Belvidere YMCA’s, Christ United Methodist Church, the Pacemaker grocery stores, Wonderland Book Store and the Mobil Quick Mart in Belvidere for their willingness to act as drop off locations for the donated books. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all those individuals and groups, most of whom do not even know me, who so generously donated what eventually amounted to thousands of books for me to sell.

I would also like to thank all of you who purchased books at my booth at the fair. Your interest in Andy’s Books and your pleasure at finding just the right book for such a bargain made my time spent at the fair very enjoyable in spite of the extreme heat and humidity.

Another thank you goes to Jim who donated the boxes used to hold my books before and during the fair and the cloth bags we sold at the fair, and to Margaret who created the design for the bags.

Last, my volunteers deserve a tremendous thank you: Kathy and Katie, who spent hours in my basement and garage helping me sort and separate books; Marcy, Dick, Lorna, Barbara, Jody, Rebecca, Joan, Peggy, Deb, Sarah, Kathy, Elizabeth and Hannah who braved the heat either to help me set up my booth or so willingly and enthusiastically took shifts during fair week to help sell my books.

Without the generosity of all of you who donated books and all of you who donated your time, this book sale would not have been possible. During the course of this year, Andy’s Books will use, in the Rockford area, 100% of the proceeds from this sale to continue its mission of promoting child literacy by donating new children’s books to kids in underserved areas. Thanks again for helping me keep Andy’s Books for Kids going.