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. 



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 katherine@educatemaine.org so we know it's there.