Open Books Englewood Kick-Off Celebration


Open Books, in an exclusive Chicago partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, will begin delivering free books to children in the Englewood community, beginning with a kick-off celebration tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th at Teamwork Englewood (815 W 63rd St) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The event will include a book giveaway, a coat giveaway, storytime for children featuring authors Corey D. Williams and Veronica Appleton, a performance by Example Setters and food giveaway for the Thanksgiving holiday.

WHAT: Open Books Englewood kick-off celebration

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019

WHERE: Teamwork Englewood 815 W 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60621

WHO: Open Books and Imagination Library

WHY: To promote and strengthen literacy in Chicago and support the Open Books & Imagination Library non-profit program that delivers free, age-appropriate books to kids in Chicago.

About Open Books

Founded in 2006, Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that transforms lives through reading, writing, and the unlimited power of books. Open Books’ literacy programs annually impact 6,000 Chicago youth from birth to 12th grade; its book-granting program provides access to books for 80,000 students each year. Over 900 Chicagoland residents serve in Open Books programs and in its two award-winning retail stores, which sell donated books to help fund the organization’s mission and operations.

Registration for Chicago residents who live in the Englewood, West Englewood, Austin, Garfield Park, Little Village, Pilsen or North Lawndale areas is available at

About Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world by mailing more than 110 million free books in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Currently, the program mails over one million specially selected, age-appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly’s vision was to create a lifelong love of reading, prepare children for school and inspire them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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