Open Books transforms lives through reading, writing, and the GIVING power of used books. Through our nonprofit social venture model, we operate two retail bookstores in the West Loop and Pilsen that help to fund our literacy and book granting programs. Each year, Open Books brings the joy of literacy to 4,500 youth through experienced educators and volunteers, safe learning environments, and access to tailored curricula and books. Our literacy programs ignite a passion for the written word and introduce students to new ways of expressing themselves. Through our book granting programs, we donate more than 130,000 books to youth and under-resourced communities across Chicago.