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What is the Book Rescue? Print E-mail

RESCUE PROJECT HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday:  9:00am-6:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturday of each month (excluding holidays):  9:00am-noon

SCARCE Book Rescue - Textbook Room

Our goal is to "rescue" books and school supplies from the landfill, and get them to children in need. Our shelves display over 25,000 books. Schools or non profit organizations are welcome to choose books free of charge (although donations are always welcome).

Many of the books come from schools that replace their books, so most of the textbooks are in "classroom quantities" -- the books are rescued from one school and provided for another school. There are also "library books" donated by schools, libraries, and the general public. If you have gently used books, please consider donating them.


Homeschools and the general community are invited to join our Homeschool Program program

PLEASE DROP OFF BOOKS, OR OTHER ITEMS, ONLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS. Please use boxes for donations and keep boxes reasonably sized in consideration of our volunteers (banker-sized boxes or smaller).  Also, if you have more than 10 boxes to donate, please call ahead before dropping off your donations. 

For safety reasons no children under age 14 are not permitted in the textbook & warehouse area.IMG1349

 

The book rescue depends on monetary donations to keep our doors open.  We greatly appreciate any small (or large) donations



 
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Tue: 9am - 6pm

2nd & 4th Sat of the month: 9am - noon

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SCARCE is a 501(c)(3) and donations to SCARCE are tax deductable. Ask for a tax receipt when dropping off books or items at Tools for Schools.
Books for Students at Many Levels

"As a special education teacher at a low income school, SCARCE has been invaluable. My students are at widely different levels from 8-9th grade to 2-3rd grade level. When I began my job I didn't have supplemental materials suitable for this wide range. Without SCARCE I would have had to pay out of my own pocket to provide materials. Each year I find some great Reading/Language Arts there and am better able to serve my students' unique needs."

Jennifer Houk - Cook County