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Mission Statement

Open Books is a volunteer-based literacy organization and nonprofit bookstore dedicated to raising awareness about illiteracy and fostering a love of reading by people of all ages and skills.


Open Books is Chicago's first nonprofit literacy bookstore and learning center: a two-storied dream where proceeds from the sale of 50,000+ used books on the fun, colorful, comfortable first floor will go to fund a spectrum of unique adult, family, and computer literacy programs upstairs. Volunteers work with literacy groups around the city to help students of all ages make literacy a fun and fundamental part of their lives.


Average Review 2 reviews

Would you recommend Open Books?

by Ashley N. (2017-03-29 08:38:35.0)
Open Books is a wonderful organization to work with! Their staff are professional and wonderful to work with! I have spent several years volunteering with them in different capacities, and have loved every minute of my time with them-I just wish I had more time available. The program is extremely worthwhile, helping kids of different ages expand their literacy abilities. They have a wonderful volunteer coordinator that is quick to reply to emails, and help in any way that is needed. Their program director is also extremely helpful in helping you learn what your strengths are as a volunteer. They are always wonderful with communication, responding quickly and with answers to all my questions and concerns. I highly recommend volunteering with this organization because the staff are always there to support you throughout your volunteer experience!
by Rosalyn S. (2017-03-29 07:44:27.0)
The people involved in running this organization were extremely unprofessional and didn't listen at all to volunteers; who had good ideas, more knowledge, experience and feelings. This program could be much better. The children were wonderful and the CPS teachers were appreciative. I was disappointed and surprised at their lack of professionalism.They were not always truthful and seemed to contradict themselves to serve their OWN needs/ NOT always the KIDS.