We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with local nonprofit, Open Books! This Chicago social venture has been helping to spread literacy throughout the city since 2006. In just that short time, Open books has developed several different community outreach programs and opened its own self-operated book store. By engaging local businesses and committed volunteers, Open books has been able to serve more than 4,000 students in Chicago Public Schools and other under-served areas. One-on-one reading buddies, creative writing field trips, ‘virtual’ mentoring and literacy related wordshops are just some of the ways that Open Books has been able to make a marked difference in young people’s lives.
Today is the debut of our brand new Open Books “Open Bookshelf”. This new take-a-book/leave-a-book program provides travelers the opportunity to further relax while enjoying their stay at our hotel. We invite our guests to grab an interesting read from the book shelf and make themselves cozy while sitting on our outside sun deck, in the comfort of their bed, or anywhere they wish to enjoy the company of a good book. And don’t worry if you don’t finish it all in one sitting. Feel free to take home the book and the memories of a great visit to Chicago.
To complement our Open Bookshelf program we are also implementing our very own book drive. Starting today, guests can bring in any gently used books they would like to donate. All books for all ages and all reading interests are welcomed. Open Books collects the used books to re-sell in their very own book store that benefits all of their literacy programs. It’s a great and easy way to share the gift of reading. Best of all, any guest who makes a book donation to the book drive will receive 250 bonus Best Western Rewards points that can be accrued for free night stays, travel cards and retail gift cards.
For more information about Open Books check out their website at Open-Books.org