Do good this week with Open Books – Chicago Tribune

Imagine every student in Chicago having access to books and the skills to enjoy them. That’s the vision of Open Books, an organization that provides literacy and reading assistance, as well as books and supplies, to Chicago’s students.

Open Books operates various programs throughout the school year, including creative writing workshops, “Reading Buddies” for second and third graders and “ReadThenWrite” for emerging teenage authors. In this workshop, students work through a text with a volunteer writing coach before writing their own works, which are then published in an annual Open Books anthology.

“The main priority for these volunteers is really just to share their love of reading and passion for literature,” said Alison Gerber, Open Books’ volunteer coordinator. “Students can do amazing things given just that support and focused time.”

Volunteers who are more interested in working with books can also perform various tasks in the West Loop (651 W. Lake St.) or Pilsen (905 W. 19th St.) locations, such as processing donations, fulfilling online orders, shelving and taking inventory. For a mix of both worlds, volunteers can read to young “almost-readers” on Thursday and Saturday mornings in the West Loop location.


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