In August/September of 2007 Andy’s Books for Kids sponsored a book drive and fund raiser to benefit the seven elementary school libraries in Belvidere, Illinois, the small, rural town where Andy grew up. Our friends and family generously donated 400 books and $4000 to the Belvidere, Illinois School District which were equally distributed between the seven elementary school libraries.
In June of 2008 Andy’s Books for Kids donated 32 copies (19 in Spanish and 13 in English) of the children’s book, “Olivia” by Ian Falconer to each of the children at the Two Rivers Head Start in Belvidere, IL.
On May 20, 2009 Andy’s Books for Kids donated 96 copies of the book, “Superdog” and 88 copies of the book entitled, “Because of Winn Dixie” to Spring Creek Elementary School in Rockford, IL. Every child in third grade received a copy of “Superdog” and every child in fourth grade received a copy of “Because of Winn Dixie.” The motto for Spring Creek School is READ READ READ. One of the goals set for each student there is that he or she will read for twenty minutes at home every day. Spring Creek students come from very diverse backgrounds so by placing a book in each student’s hand we gave him a greater opportunity to achieve this goal and also the opportunity to be instilled with the love and joy of reading.
On June 8, 2009 Andy’s Books for Kids in partnership with Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity at the University of Illinois, donated over 500 children’s books and $1000 for the library at the Martin Luther King Elementary School in Urbana, IL.
In June 2009 Andy’s Books for Kids donated $1000 to the Belvidere Central Middle School for the purpose of fulfilling the students’ wish list for books for their school library.
On July 3, 2009 Andy’s Books for kids donated 330 new children’s books to People Serving People, a homeless shelter for families in Minneapolis, MN. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive family-focused shelter in Minnesota. The true face of homelessness is the face of a child. On an average night, PSP provides housing for more than 300 guests, two-thirds of whom are under the age of 18. PSP provides for the immediate needs of families in crisis and offers long-term stability. The books donated are to be used both in the center’s children’s library and to be given to children as they leave the shelter to move into their own homes.**RESULTS OF THE 2011 ANDY’S BOOKS FOR KIDS FUND DRIVE**
We were very pleased to announce the results of our first annual fund drive for Andy’s Books for Kids. With the generous offer of a matching donation to all funds donated between November 9th and December 1st up to $10,000 the following was raised:
- Funds donated that qualified for matching donation: $6031.00
- Additional funds donated: $3903.00
- Total funds raised: $15,965.00
To Date Andy’s Books for Kids’ goal for 2012 is to donate new children’s books or the monetary equivalent to the following projects: Machesney Elementary School, Machesney Park, IL In January of 2012 Andy”s Books for Kids will donate. . . . → Read Full Story
Used Book Drive for 3rd Annual Andy’s Books for Kids Used Book Sale Andy’s Books again accepted gently used books for its 3rd annual used book sale. We accepted current (from 1990-present) adults’ and children’s books, both paperback and hardcover,. . . . → Read Full Story
Andy’s Books for Kids held its 2nd annual used book sale in Exhibition Hall #2 at the 2011 Boone County Fair August 9th – 14th. The proceeds from the sale, which totaled $7000, were used to buy more children’s books. . . . → Read Full Story
Barre City Elementary and Middle School, Barre, VT Barre City Elementary and Middle School serves students from pre-K through eighth grade from the city of Barre in Washington County, Vermont. The school is eligible for participation in state and federal. . . . → Read Full Story
On August 10th through August 16th, for a fundraiser, Andy’s Books for Kids held a used book sale at the Boone County Fair. The outpouring of donations for this used book sale was overwhelming. Four of the Belvidere elementary schools. . . . → Read Full Story
Because the state of Illinois is in such dire financial straits it is no longer adequately funding school districts which have limited property tax bases. Shirland School District is one of those districts who have lost such funding. In the. . . . → Read Full Story
The beneficiaries of our first local project for 2010 were the students participating in the Family Literacy Night at Brookview Elementary School in Rockford, IL in May, 2010. A Family Literacy Night encourages families to engage in one of the. . . . → Read Full Story
The Women’s Crisis Center, which is a part of the Rockford Rescue Mission in Rockford, IL, opened its doors to homeless women and children in Rockford in August 2009. These families can remain in the facility for 24 hours/day on. . . . → Read Full Story