Open Books Literacy Project at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

A lot of very cool things will be at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest this week, and one of said cool things is an organization called Open Books, which is "a nonprofit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond." I've personally volunteered with adult literacy programs, and I can't possibly over-emphasize the importance of such programs. This video, though, does a pretty great job in a mere minute and a half, however. Do check it out, and learn about a very simple way you can help.



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  • Awesome! Now yet another reason to go to the Printers Row fest! (I'll be the guy with a backpack fulla books to donate.)

  • Far be it from me to try to shame a member of our most honorable local law enforcement into doing anything, but, uh, yes! You must! Do it! Do it now! If not you, then who? If not now, then when??

    Or, you know, at least make like Mr. Chin and bring books to donate. How about that?

  • I have so many books to give away too. I'll try and bring as many as I can. This is awesome, thanks for letting me know about this :)

  • I'm not too proud to say I clobbered the Open Books book sale and picked up a laptop bag full of great titles that I had been looking for used for some time. It reminded me of those epic yard-sale moments where someone just wants to make some shelf space in their house and they have a copy of one of your favorite books from high school for $1, except at Printer's Row it was like walking into a small bookstore like that. I will definitely be going to this next year and bringing some of my own books to donate.

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