Anderson's Gives Back
New in 2020 - Anderson's Bookshops Community Fundraisers
Anderson's Bookshops is proud to have been an integral part of our communities since 1875, supporting schools, educators, families, individuals, and many other groups who share our vision for a well-read world. During these times of crisis, we'd like to offer our support in a new way - a fundraising program!
Learn more on our AB Community Fundraisers Page
Anderson's is proud to work with Operation Support Our Troops: America supporting their Books for Troops program!
Our Books For Troops program began in June 2011, after an author signing with National Book Award-winning author Jeanne Birdsall. Jeanne mentioned that her nephew, then serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, enjoyed reading in his rare downtime, but had run out of books. Our customers immediately responded with donations and our bookseller Erin Keables, took is upon herelf to find a sponsoring organization so we could launch an official program. Since that time, in partnership with Operation Support Our Troops, we have sent thousands of books to active service members, thanks to the generosity of our customers.
There are two ways to support this program:
*Make a donation in any amount you are comfortable providing at any of our stores using cash, charge, or check, which we will use to purchase books in bulk at cost.
*Naperville Store Only - Choose a new book from our display of carefully selected titles for this program that are offered at a discount to you as our thanks for your support.
Thank You For Supporting Our Troops!
Each holiday season, Anderson’s Bookshops and generous donors put books into the hands of disadvantaged children through our Jan’s Book Angel program. Everyone should know the wonder of opening a new book! Giving can be as easy as purchasing a gift card in any denomination you choose. We will use your gift card to select books for children in need. Or stop in and choose a child's name from our Book Angel Tree, and purchase a new book from Anderson's for that child. To make it even easier, our expert booksellers have pre-selected favorite books for children on our Book Angel list.
This project is named after our beloved Jan Dundon, former children’s manager at our Naperville store, whose tireless work for children inspires us all.
Anderson's offers a 20% discount on Book Angel purchases by our Anderson's members and not-for profit groups. All other purchasers earn a 10% discount on Book Angel books. Last year, more than 2,200 children received a brand new book for the holidays thanks to you, and this year the need is even greater!
Local partners include: Bridge Communities, SmartSteps, Humanitarian Service Project, Indian Prairie Community Unit School Dist. 204, Naperville Community Unit School Dist. 203, Headstart Lifelink, Community Health Nursing Services, Downers Grove School Dist. 58, Woodridge School Dist. 68 and Chicago Public School Dist. 299. Call or stop by and make a difference!
The Andrea's Angels program is a gently-used book drive named in loving memory of a local student who volunteered for children's literacy programs. Since 1999 Anderson's has been helping to continue the spirit of Andrea's work and love of books. By coordinating the collection of over 35,000 books, the Andrea's Angels program has been able to place books with hundreds of children who have never known the joy of owning a book. Scouting groups, individual classrooms and entire schools have contributed by organizing book drives and helping with distribution.
In 1998 Andrea Racibozynski died tragically during her freshman year at college. Andrea was considering a career in teaching and took the future teacher's course during her senior year at Naperville Central High School. Through the Naperville REACH program she became involved with a local elementary school in Aurora where she donated her time and became a pen pal to the children and helped organize an annual Christmas party for the kids. Books can be dropped off at Anderson's Bookshop at 123 W. Jefferson, Naperville. Anderson's offers a 10% discount on books purchased in our stores for this program, 20% for not-for-profit organizations. If you're able to participate this season, please contact us soon at:
(630) 355-2665 (Naperville) | (630) 963-2665 (Downers Grove)