Holiday Book Drive

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/11/2014) – Over 500 books were collected during the first week of the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, which benefits students throughout Winnebago and Ogle counties. The books will be sorted and distributed to Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford public schools, which participate in United Way's early-grade reading program, I READ.

Now until December 31, 2014, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall will ask customers to purchase a book for young readers. Customers are encouraged to purchase English and bilingual book titles for children through third grade. The Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31, 2014. Last year, 4,400 books were distributed to students.

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, contact Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, by calling 815-332-3069. For more information on United Way's I READ program or to volunteer, call Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at 815-968-5400


Multimedia: Click to watch a video of the kickoff


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.