Being a contributing and active part of our community and giving back to our community are essential to what we do as an Independent Bookstore and as bookstore owners. It's just who we are as people and we're extending that into what the bookstore does as well. Our efforts to give back and invest in our community are supported by every purchase that you make and would not be possible without many partners. Thank you for allowing us to give back, to invest, to be a part of our community and thank you for your support.
Ongoing Community Involvement
Our Used Book Program donates proceeds to a different non-profit or charity group each quarter. During our first quarter in business (Quarter 3), your support raised $225 for the Burke County Friends for Animals.
We are currently nearing the later part of Quarter 4 and our charity recipient is Burke United Christian Ministries. Every used book purchase you make helps raise money for the work of BUCM. Thank you for helping us give back to our community.
Indies First and the Indie Bookstores Give Back Campaign
In partnership with the American Booksellers Association, NY Times Bestselling author
Jason Reynolds, Simon & Schuster, and American Express, we are participating in the
"Indie Bookstores Give Back" 2018 Campaign. In addition to requesting the free carton of
special edition copies of Jason Reynold's first book in the NY Times Bestselling Track series,
Ghost, we ordered a second carton. Forty-eight copies of this amazing middle grades read
will be donated to Walter Johnson Middle School. For more information on the Campaign,
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join various community partners this holiday season in donating 50 books by US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Centro Latino in Hickory, NC. Children from Kindergarten through 7th grade participate in the program whose mission is to provide "a Christian response to the needs of Latinos in our community and seeks to bridge the cultural gap between Spanish and non-Spanish speakers through outreach, advocacy and training." Younger children in the program will receive signed copies of Imagine and older students will received autographed copies of Jabberwalking. This holiday opportunity is the beginning of a developing partnership with the Centro Latino program, its students, and its community partners.
"Free Dobby" Sock Drive
July 31, 2018 was the launch of our soon-to-be annual "Free Dobby" Sock Drive to benefit Burke United Christian Ministries and their clothing programs. Harry Potter fans know that Dobby the House Elf was set free when Lucius Malfoy unknowingly gave him a sock and that Dobby's favorite item of clothing is socks! To celebrate Harry's birthday and support the work of BUCM, socks are collected then donated just in time to meet the back-to-school clothing needs in our community.