East Side Wins the Inaugural Book Drive Challenge!

Check out the trophy in person! It will be on display at our warehouse throughout the year.

 

We’re harnessing the collective power of our city and the age-old east side/ west side rivalry

to see which side of town can donate the most books during September 2023!

“Rules” of the Challenge
  • Donations will be tallied twice a week and progress posted on this page.
  • ALL book donations will be counted – donate in an outdoor collection bin, at our warehouse, run a book drive and bring us the books, or donate at the local businesses listed below.
  • Winning side gets bragging rights for the year, including a bespoke trophy created by Resource Assembly LLC and on display at our warehouse for all to see.

Where to Donate Books

 

The contest is over, but you can donate books all year long in person or in one of our outdoor bins.

photo of large steel blue bin with Kids' Book Bank logo

All 22 of our outdoor collection bins are ready
for your donations!

Find a bin near you!

Don’t have books but would like to participate?
Make a donation and note “east” or “west” in the comments. For every $5 donated, one book will be added to your side’s tally!

Thank you to these businesses that hosted pop-up donation bins during September:

East side

Pinecrest location
Free leather book mark with donation!

Van Aken District location
15% off coupon with donation!

Solon location

Chagrin Falls Office

West side

Crocker Park location
Free leather book mark with donation!

Crocker Park location
15% off coupon with donation!

Westlake location

Brunswick, Lakewood, and Parma location

Gordon Square location

How you can help

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  • Run a book drive at work, school, or in your neighborhood.
  • Host a bin to collect books at your business. Email us to request one.
  • Tell friends about the Book Drive Challenge and encourage them to donate.
  • Don’t have books but would like to participate? Make a donation and note “east” or “west” in the comments. For every $5 donated, one book will be added to your side’s tally.
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures! Show us your donation pile, your book drive team, or tell us where you’re donating – tag us on social media @kidsbookbank and #eastvswestbookdrive.

Why we need your books!

girl holding the book Island Born at Juneteenth event
  • About half of our books come from community donations.
  • Books donated by you tend to be better quality and newer titles than those we buy in bulk from online used book sellers.
  • Your donated books stay right here in our community.
  • Community donations help us keep books and delivery free for our partners.
  • The Kids’ Book Bank distributes an average of 45,000 books every month in Greater Cleveland.

Don’t have books but would like to participate?
Make a donation and note “east” or “west” in the comments. For every $5 donated, one book will be added to your side’s tally!