At all Books-a-Million stores in West Virginia on Oct. 27, tell the cashier you want to support Read Aloud West Virginia, and the store will donate 10 percent of the purchase amount to help Read Aloud put books on the minds and in the hands of West Virginia children.
Stores in Barboursville, Beckley, Bluefield, Bridgeport, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Charleston, Vienna and Wheeling are participating in Books-a-Million’s Bookfair Program with Read Aloud for the third time. In Charleston, both stores at Dudley Farms Plaza on Corridor G and in the Charleston Town Center mall are participating.
Read Aloud volunteers will be in stores on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 to answer questions, share information and sign up volunteers.
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On September 19, 2015, Books-A-Million in Beckley had a “book fair” to support Read Aloud West Virginia. This was the brainchild of Anne-Marie Johnson, the store’s General Manager and a Raleigh County Read Aloud board member. From noon to 4:00 p.m., customers were asked if they would like 10% of their purchase to be donated to Read Aloud, which resulted in a $167 donation.
“Books-A-Million is committed to becoming involved in the communities it serves, and recognizes the critical importance of literacy,” noted Johnson. This is just one of the types of local fundraising it supports. Johnson believes BAM and Read Aloud are a perfect fit of interests, and hopes that an ongoing, state-wide partnership between the two can be developed.