#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.

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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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Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card for your School Library!

 

Attention, parents and educators! HPB wants to help your children’s school libraries! Now through Sunday, February 16, 2014, register at www.hpb.com/schools and tell us how your school would use a $100 HPB gift card to enhance your school library. We’ll randomly select one winner from each of our 36 markets on March 4, 2014.

And stay tuned, because all registered schools will be invited to a Half Pint Library giveaway in their area later this spring. Last year, with the help of our generous customers’ donations, HPB gave away nearly 300,000 children’s books nationwide to local schools and nonprofit organizations during our 15th annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. Here are just a few ways the donated books helped build Half Pint Libraries across the country in 2013:

  • Used to start a Young Adult reading nook in Houston, Texas
  • Supporting a Read Around the World program in Seattle, Washington
  • Summer reading rewards in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Resources for youth art therapy groups in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Operation Santa gifts in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Therapy for special needs children in Chicago, Illinois
  • Literacy instruction in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • ESL programs in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Book exchanges in Columbus, Ohio

In 2014, we’re excited to partner with our customers to get even more books into the hands of children who need them the most. This year’s Half Pint Library Book Drive runs February 16-March 31, 2014. During that time, drop off your new or gently used children’s book at any Half Price Books location.

After the drive is complete, Half Price Books will match each book donated as part of our Million Book Donation Project and will distribute the books at special giveaway events in each of our markets in the spring. Stay tuned to hpb.com/halfpint for a giveaway event near you!

P.S. Educators, don’t forget to sign-up for our Educator Discount Card at hpb.com/edu for 10% off your purchases year-round! — Kate

Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card for your School Library!

Attention, parents and educators! HPB wants to help your children’s school libraries! Now through Sunday, February 17, 2013, register at http://www.hpb.com/schools and tell us how your school would use a $100 HPB gift card to enhance your school library. We’ll randomly select one winner from each of our 22 markets on March 4, 2013.

And stay tuned, because all registered schools will be invited to a Half Pint Library giveaway in their area later this spring. Last year, with the help of our generous customers’ donations, HPB gave away more than 340,000 children’s books nationwide to local schools and nonprofit organizations during our 14th annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. Here are just a few ways the donated books helped build Half Pint Libraries across the country in 2012:

–          Summer reading program incentives in Marion, Iowa

–          Reading materials for children’s health clinics in Indianapolis, Indiana

–          Donations for low-income families through food pantry & literacy programs in Naperville, Illinois

–          Books for a children’s reading area for a learning center in Kansas City, Kansas

–          Literacy program rewards in Lexington, Kentucky

–          After school tutoring resources in St. Paul, Minnesota

–          Prizes for a “Book Walk” at a festival in College Station, Texas

–          English Language instruction for Ecuadorian children through Camarones Community Coalition out of Madison, Wisconsin

In 2013, we’re excited to partner with our customers to get even more books into the hands of children who need them the most. This year’s Half Pint Library Book Drive runs February 17-March 31, 2013. During that time, drop off your new or gently used children’s book at any Half Price Books location.

After the drive is complete, Half Price Books will match each book donated as part of our Million Book Donation Project and will distribute the books at special giveaway events in each of our markets in the spring. Stay tuned to hpb.com/hpl for a giveaway event near you!

P.S. Educators, don’t forget to sign-up for our Educator Discount Card at www.hpb.com/educators for 10% off your purchases year-round! — Kate

Kate is Promotions & Direct Mail Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

 

14th Annual Half Pint Library program donates 340,000 books!

Thanks to all of the Half Price Books customers who donated to the 14th Annual Half Pint Library program! Our great customers donated just over 90,000 books to kids in need. HPB matched these donations (and then some) as part of our Million Book Project and entrusted our Bibliomaniacs to give away more than 340,000 children’s books in April to hundreds of teachers, non-profits and community organizations at more than 30 local events around the country!

Take a look at some of the crew in action!  

    

 

Thanks again for making this year’s Half Pint Library program the best year yet; we couldn’t have done it without you!

— Becky (and BW)

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)

Local Store Events Round-Up: April

Hi Gang–

Another month is upon us – Happy April!  If you’re looking for an excuse to visit your favorite bookstore (like you really need one), we’ve got lots of fun events planned at our stores nationwide.

All Markets

Half Pint Library Book Giveaway Events

Thanks for all the books you donated during our Half Pint Library book drive!  Because of your books and Half Price Books’ matching donations, we’ll donate thousands of books to non profits in need during the month of April.  If you’re a non profit or a teacher, check out our calendar of events page to download the proper form and find out when the giveaway event nearest you will take place.  We’ll hold at least one book giveaway in each of our markets.

Dallas-Area Stores

Northwest Highway – Dallas, Preston – Dallas, Irving, Mesquite, Cedar Hill, Rockwall, Richardson, Garland, Plano, Frisco, McKinney

Easter Coloring Contest

On the hunt for a fun, free Easter activity? Children 10 and under are invited to hop on over to Half Price Books for a chance to win a Golden Egg (aka $10 HPB gift card.) Stop by any Dallas area HPB store, pick up a coloring sheet and return it by Friday, April 6. Winner will be chosen at random. See store for details.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt 

Gather up the kids and bring your Easter Baskets.  On Friday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m., we’ll have an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at all Dallas-area stores. Each egg will have a surprise inside. See store for details.

Earth Day Coloring Contest

Think green…or a rainbow of colors. Children 10 and under are invited to stop by any Dallas area HPB store, beginning April 6, to pickup an Earth Day coloring sheet. Return it by Friday, April 27 for a chance to win a $10 HPB Gift Card. Winner will be chosen at random. See store for details.

Naperville, Illinois

Easter Coloring Contest

Children 12 and under are invited to hop on over to our Naperville HPB for a chance to win a $5 HPB gift card. Pick up a coloring sheet now and return it by noon on Saturday, April 7. Winner will be chosen at random on April 7 at 1 p.m. See store for details.

Easter Egg Hunt

On the hunt for a fun, free Easter activity? The Naperville store will have an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 starting at 9 a.m. until all the eggs are found. Lots of candy-filled eggs to find, and a lucky one will have a $25 HPB gift card inside. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Also that day, buy $15 or more of any merchandise and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a “Best of HPB” prize basket. Need not be present to win. See store for details.

Humble, Texas

Rodeo Coloring Contest

Hey, Buckaroos and Buckarettes! Ride on down to the Humble HPB or Beckwith’s Car Care and pick up a rodeo coloring sheet. Return it by Monday, April 9 for a chance to win a $50 HPB gift card. Six winners will be chosen in each of the following age ranges: 0-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 yrs, 10-12 years, and 13 years – adult. See store for details.

Austin, Texas – Parmer Crossing

Curious George Coloring Contest

Put on your yellow hat and let’s go on a coloring adventure with Curious George. Pick up a coloring sheet at our Parmer Crossing HPB and return it by Wednesday, May 9. Entries will be judged in three age groups: 0-3 years, 4-7 years, and 8-12 years. Prize winners to be announced at our store’s Curious George Birthday party on Saturday, May 19. See store for details.

Mason, OH; Kenwood Galleria- Cincinnati; Hamilton, OH and Florence, KY

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at HPB 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 a loveable pet.  Presented in partnership with the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

  • Sunday, April 1, 1-2 p.m., Lexi the Collie-Lab, Kenwood Galleria
  • Sunday, April 1, 2-3 p.m., Potter, the Bearded Collie, Hamilton
  • Saturday, April 21, 3-4 p.m., Nico the Great Pyrenees, Florence
  • Sunday, April 22, 3-4 p.m., Bella the Pug, Mason

Seattle

Sakura-Con

Come visit Half Price Books at booth 533 at Sakura-Con at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. HPB will sell anime, manga, DVDs and more.

Houston – Clear Lake

Paul H. Yarbrough Book Signing

Join us on Saturday, April 7 from noon to 4 p.m. to meet Texas-native Paul H. Yarbrough.  He will sell and sign copies of his mystery novel, Mississippi Cotton, which takes place in the civil rights era. Mississippi Cotton has been nominated for the Independent Publisher Book Award and The Nautilus Book Award.

Pet Adoption Cat-urdays

Looking for a cuddly kitty? A fancy feline? A companion cat? On the first Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m., Bay Area Pet Adoptions will bring lovable cats available for adoption to our Clear Lake HPB store. Come see the kitties looking for a good, forever home.  See you April 7!

Marine Mammal Supply Drive
In honor of Earth Day, our Clear Lake HPB is sponsoring a fundraiser and supply drive for the local nonprofit, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network throughout the month of April. Please contact store for list of requested donations.

Meet Gulfy the Dolphin
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21 from 11am to 3 pm when Gulfy the bootlenose dolphin — theTexas Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s mascot — will be at our Clear Lake HPB to educate the audience about stranded marine mammals. Copies of the book Stranded, Stormy’s Adventure will be available for $10, cash or check only.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Lincoln Square – Arlington, Texas 

Book Signing with Dianna Brown Funches

Join us on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Square HPB in Arlington where local Dallas author Dianna Brown Funches will sell and sign copies of her inspirational book entitled Destined for Greatness

A Visit From the Poky Little Puppy 

Now, where in the world is that poky little puppy? Could he be at HPB? The Poky Little Puppy will visit our Corpus Christi HPB on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 in honor of the “Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books” exhibition at the Art Museum of South Texas. 

Free Family Day at the Art Museum of South Texas

Celebrating 65 Years of Golden Books! Join HPB at the Art Museum of South Texas for Family Day. Lots of free activities including bookmaking, writing, illustrating, and visits from the Poky Little Puppy and our very own HPB bookworm, BW. See you on Sunday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. Visit the Art Museum of South Texas’ website for details.

Edmond, Oklahoma

Local Authors Weekend 

Come to the University Village HPB in Edmond for our Local Authors Weekend. On Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m., meet Warren Schulman and get an autographed copy of his political thriller The Lushan Addiction. Then come back on Sunday, April 22 from 1-3 p.m. to meet local author and active-duty OKC police officer Kevin Barnes and get a signed copy of his inspirational book The Gift: A Faith Journey of a Street Cop 

Crystal, Minnesota

Celebrating 5 Years in Crystal

How time flies! We’ve been here in Crystal, Minnesota for 5 years. Join us for our 5th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. BW, the Half Price Books Bookworm, will be here to greet you. Bring the whole family to join our wonderful employees for the free festivities – cake, drinks, music, balloons and more. Thanks for shopping at Half Price Books in Crystal!

 Monroeville, PA

 Photography Contest Winners on Display

Come see the winning photographs from the Murrysville Parks & Recreation Commissions Photography Contest. A display of the winners will be available in the Art & Photography section of the Monroeville HPB Monday, April 23 through Monday, April 30.   

Spot the Easter Bunny
There’s a furry, little Easter Bunny that’s inhabiting our Monroeville store. He likes to hide in all sorts of places high and low. If you spot him in store, let the cashier know his location and you’ll be entered to a raffle for a chance to win a $25 HPB Gift Card! Look carefully, he’s hoppin’ all around. Winner will be selected at the end of April. Need not be present to win.

Pittsburgh, PA

Record Store Day

Do vinyl grooves make you move? Come visit our Ross Township HPB on Record Store Day – Saturday, April 21. From 6 to 11 pm, all our $1.00 clearance records will be marked down to 50¢ each. See store for detailshardcovers. You won’t know what’s on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

Pittsburgh Comic Convention
Hey all you wall crawlers, before you go meet Stan Lee, swing across the street from the convention center to the Holiday Center HPB Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22, and check out our display of Stan Lee merchandise. Show your convention badge or wristband and get a free comic (pre-selected by management).

Burleson, Texas

Vinyl Sunday

Get your groove on and enter for a chance to win a USB turntable! On Sunday, April 1 the McAlister Square HPB in Burleson will have all $1vinyl LPs marked down to 25¢, with all other LPs at 20% off the sticker price. See store for details.

Tuesday Night Specials
Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction

Mansfield, Texas

20% Off “Hump Day” Sale
Join us in Mansfield every Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. for a special 20% Off “Hump Day” Sale. Each week, we’ll feature a 20% discount on different categories of merchandise. Stop by today or call 682-518-7302 to find out what’s on sale this week! Hump Day Sale at Mansfield, Texas location only.

20% Off Vinyl on Record Store Day
We’re not just a place to buy books. We sell records, too! So, we’re joining the fun of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. Swing by the Mansfield HPB to save an extra 20% off all vinyl in store! Plus, for each $10 you spend on LPs, you’ll be entered to win a USB Turntable. Discount at this location only. See store for details.

Avon, Indiana

Retro Thursdays

Think it’s still cool to be old school? Stop by the HPB in Avon every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, comics, graphic novels and manga. Offer good at this location only.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Comic Books Sale
Whamo! That’s right! Stop by the Fort Wayne location every Thursday and save an additional 20% off all comic books in store. Sale at the Fort Wayne HPB location only. 

LP Day – Fridays
Join us each Friday for LP Day. All LPs will be 20% off, with some of your favorite songs being played on the turn-table.

Castleton Commons – Indianapolis, Indiana

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays at our Castleton Commons HPB.  Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! No exclusions. All LPs discounted each Friday at this location until further notice.

Greenwood Shoppes – Greenwood, Indiana

Music Fridays
Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by the Greenwood HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

South Arlington – Arlington, Texas

Retro Media Fridays

Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and LaserDiscs.

Beavercreek, OH; Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati; Hamilton, OH, Northgate – Cincinnati and Florence, KY

Vinyl Fridays
Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Friday, April 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Come back the last Friday of each month for new discoveries and savings! All LPs discounted at Beavercreek, Kenwood Galleria, Hamilton, Mason and Florence, Kentucky locations until further notice.

Brice Park – Reynoldsburg, OH

Crafternoon at HPB
Do you like a good DIY craft? Want to celebrate Earth Day? Then join our Brice Park HPB on Sundays, April 15 and 22 from 1-3 pm for an afternoon of crafts using recycled materials. See store for details.

Lexington, KY

Vinyl Fridays
Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month from 6pm to 10pm and listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs at our Sir Barton Place HPB in Lexington. Discount at this location only.

Mansfield, Texas

20% Off Vinyl on Record Store Day

We’re not just place to buy books. We sell records, too! So, we’re joining the fun of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. Swing by the Mansfield HPB to save an extra 20% off all vinyl in store! Plus, for each $10 you spend on LPs, you’ll be entered to win a USB Turntable. Discount at this location only. See store for details. 

Storytime – Multiple Locations

Many of our stores have weekly or monthly storytimes.  Check out this month’s listings:

Huebner Road – San AntonioVisit Huebner Road the first Sunday of every month for Storytime Sunday at 2 p.m. Join our staff for a reading of one of our favorite children’s books, geared toward booklovers ages 2-8. See you April 1!

Mesquite, TX Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome. Recurring each Sunday until further notice.

Rockwall, TX Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for a fun story.  Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from pre-schoolers to 5th graders.

Lincoln Square – Arlington, TX Join us at Lincoln Square every Sunday at 2 p.m. for a fun tale.  Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Four Corners — Arlington, TX – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to Four Corners HPB in South Arlington for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3pm every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.

Burleson, TXPack up your little readers and join us at our Burleson location for a preschool storytime being held in conjunction with the Burleson Library. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 11 a.m. April 2 and April 16. See store for details.

Humble, TX – 

Bring the kids for a children’s storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Join us for “Penny and Pup” by Linda Jennings on April 4; “Bye-Bye, Crib” by Alison McGhee on April 11; “Night of the Veggie Monster” by George McClements on April 18; and “Wiggens Learns His Manners” by Leslie McGuirk and Alex Von Bidder on April 25. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

Corpus Christi, TX Pack up your half-pint readers and come to Moore Plaza for Storytime Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.  Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade.  See you April 8!

San Marcos, TX – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to our San Marcos HPB for Storytime Saturdays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and a special activity with us each Saturday at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KY Bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for story time. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more.  See you April 21!

Parmer Crossing – Austin, Texas – Join us each Saturday, in April for a special storytime and craft hour.  Here’s the schedule of books:

As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if anything has been added throughout the month.

Happy reading!

-Emily

40 Books Every Child Should Read

As the Half Pint Library book drive draws to a close, we are reminded once again of the importance reading plays in a child’s development.  It is a fact that children who live in a print-rich environment are much more likely to learn how to read on schedule and have a bigger and better vocabulary.

Did you know that children’s books actually contain 50% more rare words than primetime television (or even college students’ conversations)? As essential as early literacy is, the wealth of children’s literature that we have available to choose from can be overwhelming. So we consulted with our HPB Bibliomaniacs and asked: What do you consider to be some of the best children’s books ever written? And without further ado, here are 40 Books Every Child Should Read:

                

Does anyone else have the unquenchable desire to raid the children’s section of your local Half Price
Books
for The Poky Little Puppy, Where the Sidewalk Ends and There’s a Monster at the End of
this Book
?! I sure do.

Remember, the 2012 Half Pint Library book drive ends on Saturday, March 31. Please donate a new or
gently used kids book, and help share the love of reading with children in need.

How many of these books do you remember reading? What’s your childhood favorite?

— Julie

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

Donate a children’s book today! (Half Pint Library kicks off)

Have you heard that Half Price Books has committed to donating one million books to the community in 2012? One of the major ways we give the gift of reading each and every year is through our Half Pint Library Book Drive, and it’s that time again! 

The Half Price Books’ 2012 Half Pint Library Book Drive runs February 20-March 31, 2012. Drop off your new or gently used children’s books at any Half Price Books location. For every book donated, HPB will match it. Donations will benefit local nonprofit organizations in your community. For more information about how the book drive works, make sure to check out our FAQs.

2012 marks the 13th year of Half Pint Library program. With your help, we have provided more than two and a half million books and created hundreds of Half Pint Libraries across the nation. In 2011 alone, 313,840 books were donated to hundreds of nonprofit groups and schools in 16 states. Thank you for helping to share the love of reading with deserving children and their families. 

Hey, Teachers and Librarians! Interested in hosting your own Half Pint Library Drive at your school? Your school could win a $200 HPB Gift Card!

Enroll your school to host a Half Pint Library Book Drive March 19-23 for a chance to win an HPB Gift Card for your school or library. Registration is open now and closes March 9th.

Ready, set, go! 

 — Kate (and BW)