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 July 2024!

“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.

East Side Wins the 2023 Inaugural Book Drive Challenge!

Where to Donate Books

 

Start collecting your books now to donate at one of our outdoor collection bins or various businesses participating as book collection sites.

Participating businesses will be posted before July 1.

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All 22 of our outdoor collection bins will be emptied before July 1 to prepare for your donations!

Find a bin near you!

Don’t have books but would like to participate?
Every $1 donated = 1 book added to your side’s tally! Make a donation and note “east” or “west” in the comments for your side to get credit.

Thank you to these businesses that hosted pop-up donation bins during our 2023 competition:

East side

Van Aken District location

Solon location

Chagrin Falls Office

West side

Crocker Park location

Westlake location

Brunswick, Lakewood, and Parma location

Gordon Square location

Get Involved

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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 $1 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!

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  • More than half of our books come from community donations.
  • Books donated locally are better quality and newer titles than those we get in bulk from online used book sellers.
  • Your donated books stay right here in our community, going to kids who will love them.
  • 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 $1 donated, one book will be added to your side’s tally!