Half Pint Library Giveaway Events!

Last week, we kicked off our 2012 Half Pint Library giveaway events that are going on across the country throughout the month of April. After collecting more than 341,000 children’s books with the help of our wonderful customers during our six-week drive (a new record!), we scheduled 34 events to give them all away to local schools and nonprofit organizations.

The festivities began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week where 15,000 books donated by customers and our Milwaukee area stores were distributed to community organizations and schools in need of children’s literature. Events in Indiana, Iowa and South Texas followed – and that’s just the beginning! Check out our complete calendar of events to find a giveaway event near you and to learn more about how you can get involved. 

Half Pint Library giveaway display at our Concord, CA store, expertly done by employee Michelle Kendall-Alwrie.

San Antonio/San Marcos district trainer Paul Adams loading boxes of books into a recipients’ truck.

Milwaukee giveaway event at the Wauwatosa warehouse — over 15,000 books were given away!

Boxes of books stacked and ready to be handed out at our Fort Wayne, Indiana giveaway event!

Half Pint Schools Winners!

Earlier this year, schools across the country registered to be part of the annual Half Pint Library Book Drive by hosting their own drives March 19-23, 2012. More than 9,000 books were collected from participating classrooms around the country. The three winning Half Pint Schools will receive an HPB Gift Card for their school library. The 2012 winning schools are:

1st – $200 HPB Gift Card – Big Bend Elementary – Big Bend, WI – 1,300 books
2nd – $100 HPB Gift Card – Oakstone Academy Preschool – Columbus, OH – 788 books
3rd – $50 HPB Gift Card – Holy Spirit Catholic School – Appleton, WI – 778 books

A huge thanks to all of the schools and classrooms that participated and helped us to collect more children’s books than ever before for nonprofit organizations and schools in need. All books donated through Half Pint Schools will be given away at local Half Pint Library Giveaway events throughout April.

Check out our complete Calendar of Events for details!

— Kate (and BW)

Win a $200 HPB Gift Card for your School Library

Hi, Teachers and Librarians!

Have you registered your school or classroom to be part of our 14th annual Half Pint Library children’s book drive yet? Visit hpb.com/halfpintschools to find out more and sign up today to host your school’s book drive March 19-23. The school or classroom that collects the most new or gently used children books will win a $200 HPB Gift Card for their school library! Registration deadline is this Friday, March 9, 2012. All donations will benefit local nonprofits in your community.

We currently have more than 40 schools from 13 states signed up to host a drive. Together, their donation goals surpass 13,000 children’s books! Are you from Oklahoma or the East Kansas/Kansas City area? We still need schools to represent your regions. The more the merrier! We want to help share the love of reading with as many children as possible!

— Kate and BW