The Chicago Writers Conference is very proud to announce that we are officially partnering with Open Books! As some of you may already know, Open Books is a nonprofit social enterprise right here in Chicago. The over 500 volunteers serve as literacy coaches, mentors, and role models to students in the city.
We recently spoke with Ava Zeligson of Open Books about the organization’s passion for affecting the lives of students in the community. “The literacy mission is the core for everything we do. We take an innovative approach in trying to make a big difference, yet keep it accessible to the community,” she explained. “With every book that’s being sold, we’re promoting the love of reading as well as giving back to the community.”
In addition to running the tutoring programs, Open Books maintains an impressive bookstore to fund the organization. It has one of the most striking rare book collections in the Midwest; one set of tomes is bound with the curtains from the rooms in which the author wrote.
The CWC will be offering a limited number of scholarships to deserving staff and volunteers at Open Books. In August, the names of the recipients will be announced.