#HPBgives: More Than 330,000 Kids’ Books Donated Nationwide

Another year of our Half Pint Library Book Drive and book giveaways has come and gone! This was the 19th year of our Half Pint Library Book Drive (part of our Million Book Donation Project), and I am pleased to announce we distributed 330,789 books to organizations across the country.

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who donated books to the drive. We couldn’t have gotten so many books into the hands of kids who need them without you! Until next year, please enjoy these photos from some of our giveaways.


The book recipients and HPB staff pose for a photo before the book distribution begins at our Downers Grove, Illinois location.

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Celebrate National Literacy Month with Half Price Books

Here at Half Price Books, we celebrate reading year round, but September is special – it’s National Literacy Month!

I can hardly remember a time when I couldn’t read, so it’s easy to forget that there are millions of adults across the country who cannot read, and if those adults have children, they have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.

Here in Dallas, I’m proud to be a member of the board of directors for Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) to help them reach their goal of bending the trend and teaching adults to read.


Celebrating LIFT at their annual Toast to Literacy fundraiser.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Celebrating Educators and Half Pint Library

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we have some teachers to thank!

As we bid farewell once again to the biggest book drive and book giveaway of the year, the Half Price Books Half Pint Library program, we say a special thanks to the educators and game-changers who came out during April and picked up box after box of children’s books to deliver to their own classrooms and libraries. Selfless acts of literary kindness are just one of the things that make teachers great.

At Half Price Books, we know that educators spend lots of their own money each year to furnish their own classroom supplies. That’s why we created the Half Pint Library Program to help defer some of that cost by providing books for kids in need.

So, teachers, THANK YOU! The 17th Annual Half Price Books Half Pint Library giveaway events ended last week and our math lesson for the day follows. Here is HPL by-the-numbers:

1 month

34 Half Pint Library Book Giveaway events

16 states across the USA

487 schools and non-profits

11 Half Price Books trucks FULL of kids books

53,021 books donated by customers

170,256 books matched by Half Price Books

223,277 total books given away!

Thank you to our customers who donated books in March! Half Price Books was able to match these donations (and then some) with excess kids’ books from our stores. We provided every teacher or non-profit that attended a giveaway at least two boxes of books to support their libraries and programs in local communities across the nation!

The Half Pint Library program (HPL) is part of the year-round Million Book Donation Project. This annual children’s book drive is hosted each spring by Half Price Books to collect and distribute books to those in need. Books donated through the Half Pint Library program provide an escape from the challenges faced by children while helping to boost literacy skills outside of school. In many cases, children receive their first book through the Half Pint Library program. The drive accepts any type of children’s book, including Spanish language books, as long as they are in good condition. The program has collected more than 2 million books for pediatric patients, community centers, schools and other children in need.


And don’t forget! You can save 10% off your purchases from Half Price Books year-round with our Educator Discount Card.

Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at @bexican75.

Million Book Donation Project continues in 2014!

African Moons – Arusha, TanzaniaHalf Price Books has always strived to donate books to as many worthy and wonderful non-profit organizations and schools as we can. After all, as our co-founder Ken Gjemre once said, “Books should fill our lives, not our land.”

So, once again, in 2013, we set forth with the goal of donating a million books as part of our Million Book Donation Project. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce our final total for the 2013 calendar year was 1,491,364 books donated.

We’re moving full-steam ahead with donations in 2014. To check out our current donation count for the year, or to request books for your organization, visit hpb.com/million.  

Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School – Dallas, TexasWe consider it a priviledge to partner with such great organizations in the community and around the world. It’s incredible to see what good things they do with the books we provide.  

You can read just a sample of these donation stories here, and see a complete list of donation recipients.

If your organization has received books from Half Price Books, we’d love to hear your story and see how the power of reading is changing lives one book at a time. Please leave a comment below. 

Emily is Public Relations Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at @emilytbruce.

What’s happening at your HPB? December Event Round-Up

Hey everybody –

Christmas is going to be here before you know it – it’s just 19 short days away!  While you’re out doing your holiday shopping, be sure to stop by your local Half Price Books to see what’s happening at your favorite store.  Here’s a round up of some of our latest events.

Northwest Highway – Dallas

Santa Claus at Half Price Books

Come sit on Santa’s lap at the Flagship HPB in Dallas! Bring the whole family – fido, too — for a memorable snapshot with Santa. Donations appreciated and will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Visit the Flagship store’s web page for Santa’s full schedule.

Lewisville, Texas

Santa Claus is coming!
Put a little Ho Ho Ho in your holidays and get pictures of your kids with Old Saint Nick. Bring your camera to HPB in Lewisville and take pictures from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 17.

Lincoln Square – Arlington, TX

Book Signing with Tymeka Coney
Join us at the Lincoln Square HPB in Arlington on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to noon to meet author Tymeka Coney. She will be selling and signing copies of her book Words Unspoken Volume I: Deeper Than Eyes Can See. The book seeks to educate, empower and entertain through its focus on the purpose in life and love, surviving the recession and saluting great men and women. Don’t miss this chance to get a copy of her book and meet the author in person.

Storytime Sundays
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to Lincoln Square HPB in Arlington for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.  Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Parmer Crossing – Austin

Storytime and Craft Hour

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to Parmer Crossing HPB in Austin on Saturdays for Storytime and Craft Hour. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 2 p.m. and stick around afterward for a craft activity designed especially for the theme of our story. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. On December 10, we’ll read Olive, the Other Reindeer, and on December 17, we’ll read Polar Express and A Christmas Carol.

North Lamar – Austin

Book Signing with Barbra Sonnen-Hernandez
Join us at Half Price Books on North Lamar on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. to meet author Barbra Sonnen-Hernandez. She will be selling, signing and reading from her books, Why Didn’t I Die? and The Jesus Diet: Taking the Weight Off Your Soul. Don’t miss this chance to get a copy of her inspirational books and meet the author in person.

Bandera – San Antonio

Help Feed Hungry Pets
Remember our furry friends this holiday season. The HPB on Bandera Road is partnering with Helotes Humane Society Pet Food Bank to collect pet food during the holiday season. Drop off your donation at the Bandera HPB in San Antonio. Drive ends January 1. Visit hhsanimals.org to learn more about this organization.

Edmond, Oklahoma

Donate a Book From Our Book Tree
Half Price Books in Edmond is sponsoring a Book Tree to provide books to needy children this holiday season. Pick a tag from our tree and choose a book for the age group indicated on the tag (ages 5-7, 6-9 or 10-14), purchase the book and place in our donation bin at the front of the store. Donations will be accepted now through Dec. 15. HPB employees will deliver books to local schools.

West Lane Avenue – Columbus

Let Us Do Your Gift Wrapping!
For a donation to Ohio Nature Education, volunteers gift wrap presents for customers at the West Lane Avenue HPB in Columbus Saturday, Dec. 10 through Christmas Eve, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. those days. The HPB Bookworm will be on hand December 16-18 and Ohio Nature will be showing endangered and local animals during the run of the event. Visit ohionature.org to learn more about this organization.

Mason, Ohio

Dog Days at Half Price Books
Join us at the HPB in Mason, Ohio to take a bite out of reading. Load up the kids and bring them to Half Price Books where they can read a book to Bella the Pug, from 3 to 4 p.m. once a month this winter – Sunday, Dec. 11, Sunday, Jan. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 12. Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

Northgate Cincinnati, Florence, Kentucky and Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati

Book Signing With Author Beverly Nye
Author Beverly Nye, best known for her show At Home with Beverly Nye will be selling and signing her book, Family Raised on Sunshine and Rainbows at three HPB locations during December. Nye is a renowned author of cookbooks and has been giving advice on home cooking for more than 40 years. Her appearance is co-sponsored by Cincycostsavers.com

  • ·        Northgate- Cincinnati, Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m.  
  • ·        Florence- Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m.
  • ·        Kenwood Galleria- Cincinnati, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m.  

Essex Square – Madison

Help Us Stock The Food Bank!
Half Price Books at Essex Square in Madison is having a Holiday Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring in any non-perishable items to the store through the month of December. Cash donations will also be accepted. Drive ends December 31.

Highland Park, Illinois

Short + Sweet with Gale Gand
Join us in store on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as nationally acclaimed Food Network Chef, Gale Gand demonstrates how to prepare one of her tempting dishes, perfect for entertaining. Book signing to follow. Come try Gale’s Root Beer, too! All cookbooks in store will be 10% off during this event and 5% of the sales from Gale’s cookbooks will be donated to the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry, with Half Price Books matching Gale’s donation.


Boys Town Gift Card Tree
Give presents of mind this holiday season with a donation of a $5 HPB Gift Card to Boys Town of Omaha. For each card purchased, Half Price Books will make a donation to Boys Town, up to $200, to help build school libraries. Visit our Christmas tree inside the Omaha HPB store by Sunday, December 18 in order to participate.

Dublin, California

Help the Local Food Bank
Join Half Price Books in supporting the local Alameda County Community Food Bank. Bring your donation to the Dublin HPB during regular store hours. We welcome all donations of canned food or dried goods. Donate 10 or more canned goods and receive 10% off your entire purchase in store that day. Discount not valid on gift card purchases. Drive runs now through Saturday, December 24.

If you don’t see something at your Half Price Books location, check its store page (www.hpb.com/stores) throughout the month.  You never know when something may pop up!