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Grow Your Library Initiatives

Free New Class Set of Books Program

With this program, students that need help purchasing assigned books can receive them free-

of-charge. Teachers simply fill out an order form with how many copies they need, and Options

For Literacy will fulfill the order. Books assigned through class curriculum are essential to

students’ learning and success in the course. However, some students and their families may

experience difficulty in purchasing them. With Options For Literacy’s help, families do not have

to compromise money allotted to living expenses for their students’ education.

Drop Everything
And Read

Reading has the power to impact a child’s ambition and appreciation for education. Yet, children in underserved communities face inaccessibility and financial impediments to acquiring such books. Options For Literacy seeks to combat this through DEAR incentive program. Students will read a certain number of books to receive a gift card of their choice. After completion, a book will be donated to the classroom library. Along with personal and academic growth, students learn first-hand that they can make a difference in their community.

Fair Program

Through Options For Literacy’s book fair program , students receive their first book free and others are sold at a discounted price. With over 50 books available among preschool to elementary-aged students, children will choose from titles focused on building positive character. Students and their families may choose the first book they will receive from our

catalog. Books sold at the fair will cost no more than $5, making quality books accessible to children at an affordable price.

Donations to Hospitals

Hospitals are invited to partner with Options For Literacy for book donations to child patients.

Medical treatment can be really stressful for young patients, so with books and other goodies,

OFL hopes to bring a smile to their faces. With our program, hospitals can expect a set of 50 books given each donation, along with items such as pens/pencils, puzzle books, and bookmarks. When hospitals run out of books, they will let OFL know to receive another set for their patients. Options For Literacy strives to maintain a long-term partnership to reach youth

through encouraging reads during this challenging time for them.

Thank You to the Grow Your Library Contributors

The success of the program is made possible by many generous donors. Publishers, authors, and many private donations allow Options For Literacy to expand adventures and learning through literature in libraries located in communities of high poverty and limited budgets. We thank one and all for their continued support.

  • Is Options for Literacy a 501(c)(3) organization?
    Options For Literacy is an Illinois Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to Options for Literacy are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation's Tax Exempt Identification Number is 46-3677591.
  • How do you choose the libraries, schools, and other institutions you donate to?"
    A school, library, or other institution receiving books from Options For Literacy are prioritized based upon the severity of need and probability of impact upon the children served. We do not discriminate based upon the number of children served.
  • How do I submit a donation request to Options for Literacy?
    We accept requests from libraries, schools, and various literacy programs through our online application (Book Request Form) only. A school, library, or other institution requesting books from Options For Literacy must located in the United States.
  • How do you decide which books to donate to a given organization?
    We choose books based on the age ranges and demographics of the population served. Each program is considered independently and specific concerns are addressed. Current circulation is taken into account to avoid repetition.
  • How can I donate to Options for Literacy?
    If you would like to help OFL with a donation, checks may be mailed to: Options For Literacy 430 E 162nd St, Suite 747 South Holland, IL 60473 Contributions may also be made through PayPal or with a credit card: For more information about donating, please contact us
  • How can I help Options for Literacy?
    Options for Literacy welcomes volunteers in the greater Chicago, Illinois area. If you would like to contribute professional skills, help out at our Book Fairs and other local events, or assist with book sorting and other general needs, please contact us ( to express your interest. We are grateful for fundraisers conducted on OFL's behalf no matter how large or small. Please contact us ( to discuss the possibility of operating a fundraiser for the organization. Donations of new or like-new books are also a great way to help Options For Literacy. Donated books should provide positive, uplifting themes, as many of the children we serve face difficult challenges in their lives. For complete information about donating books, email us call 877-726-6556.
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