Community Support for STAR Adult Literacy

EJHS Student Council Collects Books for Literacy

NORMAL, ILLINOIS – The Student Council at Evans Junior High School (EJHS) in Bloomington collected over 650 gently used books for Books to Benefit as its spring 2018 community service project.  These books will be among the 25,000 available for sale to raise funds for local literacy programs during the Books to Benefit Used Book Sale June 14-17 at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal.

 "Evans Student Council loves to support local organizations and find causes that benefit our community,” shared Jim Broach, Student Council adviser and teacher at EJHS.  “Our librarian, Ms. Michelle Glatt, suggested the students sponsor a book drive for Books to Benefit. The response was very positive. All students and staff who donated were entered into a drawing to receive one of four Starbucks gift cards. A student in 6th, 7th and 8th grade each won a card along with one of our staff members.”

 Last week Broach delivered the donations to Books to Benefit, where he met President Jackie Langhoff. Langhoff noted this is the second grassroots drive held by local schools for Books to Benefit. In January the Wolf Den of Cub Scout Pack 3957 at Hudson Elementary School collected books for the organization.

 “We had no idea the EJHS book drive was in progress,” commented Langhoff. “This all-volunteer organization is working to get the word out about our passion to support local literacy programs at YouthBuild McLean County and STAR Adult Literacy through monies collected during our semiannual book sales. With grassroots book drives happening without our knowledge, we know the word is spreading!”

 When asked why Books to Benefit, Glatt remarked, “I am so happy to help [Books to Benefit]. I have gotten such great books there for my libraries and myself! I look forward to the June sale.” To learn more about the June 14-17 sale or how Books to Benefit supports literacy, visit www.books2benefit.com, fb.com/books2benefitbloomington or phone (309) 531-8320. The sale is open to the public.

 Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County's literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.


Tutoring Locations
Bloomington Public Library
First Baptist Church of Bloomington
First Presbyterian Church
Home Sweet Home Mission
Lancaster Heights Apartments Community Room
Mennonite Church of Normal (CHILD CARE AVAILABLE)
Mount Pisgah Baptist Church
Normal Public Library
Phoenix Towers 
Saint Mary's Church
Second Presbyterian Church
Sugar Creek Elementary School
Trinity Lutheran Church
Western Avenue Community Center

Books To Benefit Donation


Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Check Presentation:  Jackie Langhoff, Books To Benefit and Sheila Diaz, STAR Adult Literacy Coordinator

Community Support for STAR Adult Literacy

NORMAL, ILLINOIS – On Wednesday, March 14, Books to Benefit presented STAR Adult Literacy with a $4,000 donation check and YouthBuild McLean County (YBMC) with a $2,000 check to support their literacy efforts. Thanks to the focus of Books to Benefit on STAR, an additional $7,000 donation was received.

 “Through the Books to Benefit sales, a generous donor heard of our mission to help adult learners improve their reading, writing and basic math skills and to help English language learners improve their ability to speak, understand, read and write English. Although the donation was given anonymously, the donor emphasized that Books to Benefit was the reason for the $7,000 donation,” shared Sheila Diaz, program coordinator STAR Adult Literacy. “The donor learned of STAR’s mission from a passionate Books to Benefit volunteer, and the donor wanted to help. One way or another, Books to Benefit continues to keep donations coming, just when we need them most.”

 Books to Benefit collects gently used books in support of its semiannual book sales. Volunteers handle nearly 25,000 books per sale. They sort by genre and alphabetize the books to provide a bookstore experience at bargain prices. The proceeds of the sales are then donated to local literacy programs.

 “YBMC partners with young people to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build their futures and their communities through education, leadership development, job training and affordable housing,” added YBMC Director Tracey Polson. “The money raised from Books to Benefit not only funds our literacy program but also helps demonstrate community service in action to our students.”

 Books to Benefit is currently seeking gently used book donations in support of the June sale. To learn more about this event and how Books to Benefit supports literacy, visit www.books2benefit.com, fb.com/books2benefitbloomington or phone (309) 531-8320.

 Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County's literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.







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