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They drove from Southern Illinois and picked out a truckload of school supplies for Chester School.
If your school serves needy children stop by and check us out. You never know what you might find. The hours are the same as the Book Rescue Hours. Teachers must show a Teacher ID to get Tools for Schools.



Sometimes we learn about items that we cannot accommodate at the SCARCE Location in Glen Ellyn (e.g. furniture, pianos, large quanties). We advertise these items by email.  To learn about these items. click any of the links to "Sign up for Our Newsletters" and check the box "Bookrescue News". These are sent as needed, but not usually more than once or twice a month.

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630-545-9710 kendesk






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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

Wednesday Nov 25 9am-12pm
CLOSED Thursday Nov 26-Sunday Nov 29 (including Book Rescue)

Normal SCARCE Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
Tues 9am-6pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays 9am-12pm


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Tools for Schools VIdeo - WGN

Books to Keep At Home

"My district has a high poverty level; very few students can afford ordering from Scholastic Books. Before Spring Break, I asked the students if they wanted me to go to SCARCE and they overwhelming said "YES!". Just today, a girl was joyfully sharing facts with her classmates from a book called Dino Poop. This book was from SCARCE and needed a little repair so I taped it up and cleaned it up. I am a big believer in recycling and reusing especially books; I tell the students that they can bring back the books if they find they don't like them. Without SCARCE, my students would not have access to books of their own. Research shows that more books in the home means better reading levels which is why I give my students books to keep."

Kathy Watkiss - Cook County School District #104