2,020 MAINE Books Challenge Overview
Purpose: To support local STUDENTS and BUSINESSES during this period of remote learning by getting books in the hands of as many Maine children as possible. Read our story.
Partners: Educate Maine is working with our network of County Teachers of the Year network to distribute books in all 16 counties. We are also supporting Maine’s independent bookstores. Thanks to the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, the next $5,000 in donations will be MATCHED in full!
**As of May 19, we've raised $6,575 in gift certificates to Maine booksellers. And students have received thousands and thousands of books donated directly. Thank you! We'll count the challenge as "complete" when we are able to say we delivered roughly 2,020 books ($20,200) from our local booksellers, so please contribute if you can and spread the word! We are pushing to reach this milestone before schools let out for the summer in mid-June.
For information about how one school is getting books into the hands of students at this time, read on. Thank you for the inspiration, Iris Eichenlaub, 2017 Knox County Teacher of the Year!
HOW YOU CAN HELP (in two easy steps):
1. Purchase an online gift card in any amount to one of Maine’s independent bookstores. (See list below)
2. Fill out this brief form to help us keep track of our progress toward 2,020 books.
- Note: you can specify whether you have a particular part of Maine in mind to receive your gift and we will do our best! Rest assured we are finding the kids who need books the most in every county.
- For the purpose of this challenge, we're counting every $10 donated as one book.
- Want updates on the challenge? We will share our progress regularly through our newsletter and social media channels. #2020Mainebookschallenge #PayItForwardMaine.
- The Books Challenge is on Instagram: @2020BooksChallenge
- Thank you WABI, the PenBay Pilot, the Portland Press Herald, and Pay It Forward Maine for helping us spread the word!
- HUGE thank you to the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein for offering up a $5,000 MATCHING GRANT for the Books Challenge!! Donate now to see your donation DOUBLED! Share this video to help us spread the word.
This one small act of generosity will make a big difference in the lives of Maine students and businesses. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Quick Guide to Maine Booksellers
[Note - the list below is not exhaustive and you can buy from ANYWHERE you want to support. We are in the process of collecting information about the best way to purchase a gift certificate from each store we're aware of and this information is being added every day.]
If ordering by phone, designate Educate Maine as the recipient and make sure you fill out our form or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know it's there.
- Blue Hill Books (Blue Hill) - call 207-374-5632 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
- Bogan Books (Fort Kent) - you can purchase a gift certificate directly on their website as a part of their regional book drive (just make sure you also fill out our form so your donation counts toward the challenge!). For every dollar received, Bogan Books is adding 25 cents.
- Book Review (Falmouth) - call 207-781-4808 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
- The Bookworm (Gorham) - call 207-839-2665 or email email@example.com to purchase a gift card.
- The Briar Patch (Bangor) - call 207-941-0255 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
- Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers (Farmington) - online gift code purchase
- John Smith Books (Eastport) - call 207-853-0003 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
- Hello Hello Books (Rockland) - online gift cards
- Letterpress Books (Portland) - call 207-747-4232 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
- Longfellow Books (Portland) - online gift certificate
- Nonesuch Books (South Portland) - call 207-799-2659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a gift card.
- Oliver and Friends Bookshop and Reading Room (Belgrade - NEW in May 2020!) - call 207-707-2123 to purchase a gift card.
- Owl and Turtle Bookshop (Camden) - call 207-230-7335 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
- Print: A Bookstore (Portland) - online gift certificate
- Sherman's Books (multiple locations) - they are adding $10 to every online gift certificate purchased for $25 or more! Visit their website.
- Twice Sold Tales (Farmington) - email email@example.com or call 207-779-6276 to donate to the challenge.
- Walch Education (Portland) - visit their website.