Despite the electronic book age, hardbound and paperback books are still being gobbled up by bookworms. In case of any doubting Thomases, just check the 1,400 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the country that have received thousands of free books since January from Dallas-based Half Price Books.
No, correct that: hundreds of thousands of books. In fact the total hit a million with #1,000,000 — “How Much is a Million?” by David M. Schwartz — going to the Vickery Meadow Learning Center.
“It’s so important to encourage reading with the young students who attend VMLC, many of whom do not have books in their homes,” said Sarah Papert, executive director of VMLC. “We are honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the millionth book from Half Price Books and are so appreciative of this donation because it enables our kids to read many different types of books and take them home to read with their families.”
It’s all a part of The Million Book Donation Project that was undertaken to celebrate Half Price Books’ 40th anniversary.
“We’ve donated millions of books since my mother co-founded the company back in 1972. She showed me how important it is to get books into the hands of kids and adults who need them in not only our communities but around the world,” said Sharon Anderson Wright, Half Price Books president and chief executive officer. “And just because we’ve already hit a million books for the year doesn’t mean we’ll stop giving back. We look forward to helping other organizations throughout 2012 and beyond.”
If you have an organization or school that would like to take advantage of this program, just submit this form.