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Bargain-hunting for a cause

Love shopping a good yard sale? Love giving to charity? Wish you could do both at the same time?

Wish no longer!

This Saturday, October 25, a few local families will be hosting yard sales to benefit Books for Keeps. They will be selling off their unwanted items and donating a portion of all proceeds back to Books for Keeps. It’s as simple as that.

This is the first year for this fundraiser, so we have just a couple of yard sales signed up. They will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following addresses:

125 Wilcox Street, Athens
270 Brookwood Drive, Athens
295 Pebble Creek Drive, Athens

Out of town? Otherwise engaged? No problem! We are inviting folks to use our Facebook event page as a marketplace. Feel free to post items there for sale or peruse the items listed to sell.  List anything you wish to sell there through the end of October and follow up by sending BFK a portion of your sale (suggested 20%).

Instructions for Sellers on Facebook:

Please add only one photo per item to keep photo and description linked. You can continue to add different “views” by uploading photos to the comments under the photo.
Please delete items after they sell, or write the word SOLD in the comments section under your photo. Next, just remit your percentage of your sale to BFK either online or via check. Info on how to send us your donation can be found here at our website.

Feel good about the fact that you just lightened the load at your home and supported BFK!

Instructions for Buyers on Facebook:

Send a private message to the seller to arrange a meeting to exchange money for goods. Enjoy your purchase and [...]

By |October 21st, 2014|How You Can Help|Comments Off on Bargain-hunting for a cause|

October Book Drive Month is here!

If you haven’t signed up to host a book drive, it’s not too late!

Hosting a book drive is an easy two-step process:

Place an empty box in your garage or your workplace’s lobby.
Email your co-workers, neighbors, family and friends and let them you’re hosting a book drive for Books for Keeps!

That’s it!

Simple, right?! By hosting a book drive, you’ll help us reach an audience that we’ve never reached before, and it’s a great way for people to do a little spring cleaning in October.

If you, your business, your church, or a civic group you belong to would like to host a book drive, please email Merryn at to sign up and to receive an electronic copy of book drive poster sign!


While we’re on the topic, we wanted to say THANK YOU to the groups that are currently hosting a book drive for us. We appreciate you!

If you would rather donate books instead, here are the groups that already have book drives underway:

Alpha Beta Gamma-Chi Zeta Chapter at Athens Technical College
Avid Book Club
Beta Club – North Oconee High School
Central Clarke High School
Classic City Lions Club
Delta Zeta
House Electric
The University of Georgia School of Law
Learning Ally
Phi Mu
Phi Sigma Pi
Pi Beta Phi – Alpha Chapter
Total Training Center
Diane K.


By |October 9th, 2014|Drop-off Locations, How You Can Help|Comments Off on October Book Drive Month is here!|

The annual BFK Book Sale is upon us!

Have you heard?Our annual BFK Book Sale is coming up August 22-25. So, mark the date on your calendars and get ready for our best-stocked, most exciting book sale yet. If you don’t know, the Books for Keeps Book Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We take the donated books that cannot be given to children and we sell them so we can buy more books the kids can use. We’re still looking for a location, so if you know of a vacant space we could use for about two weeks leading up to and during the book sale, let us know. On our wish list for that space: 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, a loading dock, and air conditioning. Anyone with ideas or space can email Leslie: But, before we can get in there and sell our fantastic stock of titles, we have to finish sorting through the thousands of donations we’ve received in the past year. If you’re interested in helping, or maybe just getting a sneak peek of the books, our next volunteer book sort will be June 29. Sign up at the link above, or send an email to We would love your help! And if you can’t help on June 29, but want to get on the volunteer list for the book sale weekend in August, let us know that too.

By |June 18th, 2013|2013 Book Sale, How You Can Help|Comments Off on The annual BFK Book Sale is upon us!|

Notice anything new?

Check out the top-right side of the blog. We are finally able to accept donations via PayPal, credit or debit card!We use donated funds to purchase the most-wanted, current books – books rarely donated at our book drives. Check this out:We purchased a large quantity of Everybody Hates Chris at a rock-bottom price, and kids were so excited they chose to read during recess. This picture wasn’t staged, folks; it moves me to tears. The kids read the book together, laughed out loud, and discussed as they read.The right book matters. Help us make it happen.

By |September 10th, 2011|How You Can Help|Comments Off on Notice anything new?|

How to Donate Your Books

Books for Keeps has a great need for new or gently-used books for children and young adults in Pre-K through 12th grade. We accept books of any kind (except encyclopedias & textbooks), for children or adults.

We use what we can in various youth programs (including adult books suitable for high school students), and what we can’t use, we sell at our annual book sale fundraiser.  For more information, contact us at

Athens-Area Drop-off Locations: (Map)

Alvin Hurst Allstate: 760 Hawthorne, Suite D; 9-5 Mon-Fri

Mack McClung Allstate: 2971 Monroe Hwy, Suite 103; 9-5 Mon-Fri

Merryn Walker Allstate 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy, Suite 400; 9-5 Mon-Fri

Scott A Beaver Allstate Watkinsville – 2410 Hog Mtn Rd, Suite 101; 9-5 Mon-Fri

UGA Campus*: Coverdell Bldg, 500 DW Brooks Dr, Room 330A. 8-6, Mon-Fri
*For large donations, contact Leslie in advance for a trunk-to-trunk transfer

U.S. Mail
The US Postal Service offers a special Media Mail rate that makes shipping books surprisingly affordable. (For example, it only costs about $4 to mail 30-40 paperback Junie B Jones books.) We recommend our mail-in donors focus on current, popular books with colorful covers for elementary school children. Books with old-fashioned covers or excessive wear and tear are not as popular with the students.

Mail your books to our warehouse:
Books for Keeps
420 Athena Dr.
Athens, GA 30601

By |May 8th, 2011|How You Can Help|Comments Off on How to Donate Your Books|

Donating Funds to Books for Keeps

Help end summer slide for one or more children today.  $25 is all it takes to provide 1 child with 12 books – and a tote bag for carrying them.

Send your tax deductible donation to Books for Keeps, PO Box 49761, Athens GA 30604 – OR – donate via our website.

For class sponsorships:
$480 will provide 12 books to every child in an entire class this May.  If members of your group are donating individually, instruct them to include a memo with the name of your group so we can tally the donations. Then email your story and pictures to We’ll post your story on our web site.

For gift donations:
Include your name, the recipient’s name, and your email address with your donation. We’ll email you a printable certificate.

For memorial donations:
Include your name, the name of the person you’re honoring, and the name and address for the recipient of the memorial letter.

 For the Wimpy Kid fund:
Mention “Wimpy Kid” in the memo section and we’ll purchase 1 copy of the newest title for every $3.05 donated.

By |May 1st, 2011|How You Can Help|Comments Off on Donating Funds to Books for Keeps|

How to Hold a Books for Keeps Book Drive

Holding a Books for Keeps book drive can be as simple as putting a box in your garage or office and sending an email to let folks know it’s there. You’ll be surprised how many books you get, but we’re happy whether you collect 25 books or 2,500 books.

For larger book drives, we can help with communications and logistics if needed.

Regardless of size, we’ll provide printable signs and logos, and messaging to include in an email, Facebook post, newsletter or other bulletin.

We hope you’ll consider holding a book drive soon, whether large or small. Contact us at

Donating Points to Books for Keeps

Books for Keeps ALWAYS need points. We’re on BookMooch as “booksforkeeps”.

We get some of our best books from BookMooch. If you have points to spare, please send some our way.

Don’t know how? Email

By |April 9th, 2011|How You Can Help|Comments Off on Donating Points to Books for Keeps|

Volunteering with Books for Keeps

Books for Keeps has the following volunteer opportunities:

Ongoing Opportunities

We need experienced marketing/communications professionals to help us write press releases, blog posts, newsletters and more.

Newsletter Technician
We need a volunteer experienced with HTML and/or MailChimp to create and send our monthly newsletter.

We occasionally need corporate legal advice. This is a low-frequency volunteer opportunity that will make a big difference to our organization.

Book Pickup Volunteers
We need help picking up book donations in Athens and many other northeast Georgia towns. This is a low-frequency opportunity that requires the ability to lift boxes of books and either hold them in your home or drive them to our sort room.

Box Pickup Volunteers
Barnes & Noble will donate boxes provided we send someone to pick them up around 3pm each day. Can you adopt a day?

Book Inspection & Sorting
We hold book sorting days several times a year. To be notified of our next one, sign up for our Volunteer Opportunities newsletter. We can sometimes hold a private sorting session if your organization or group would like to work together.

Book Drive Assistance
We have several large book drives coming up, and always need people who can clear the collection bins during the drive and bring the books to our sort room.

Contact us at if you’d like to get involved. You can also subscribe to our Volunteer Opportunities newsletter.

By |March 9th, 2011|How You Can Help|Comments Off on Volunteering with Books for Keeps|

12 books or $24

That’s all it takes to immunize 1 child against summer slide. 12 books or $24.Our 72,000 book goal just got a little easier (we hope): Books for Keeps was just approved as a Scholastic Literacy partner, which means we can buy new, popular books for $1-$2 each. The books the kids want most run closer to $2, which means for $24 we can buy approximately 12 current, popular books – and 1 more child will be less likely to fall prey to the summer slide in 2011.Why 12 books? In the most recent study on preventing summer slide, children who were given 12 books each on the last day of school grew their achievement levels at a rate comparable to attending summer school. We’re targeting 6,000 elementary school children, the majority of whom qualify for the free/reduced-fee lunch program, a poverty indicator.Small numbers like that make our lofty goal seem more achievable. Can you send 12 books or $24? If so, you’re blocking summer slide for 1 child here in Athens. Collect at your office, tell your friends and neighbors.Send your books or donations to Books for Keeps at PO Box 49761 Athens, GA 30604. If you’d like your donation to be tax deductible, make your check payable to Family Connection and put Books for Keeps in the memo line. They’ll earmark the funds for us, and we’ll use it to buy books.12 books or $24. Spread the word.