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Bookmarks Receives $20,000 to Place Books in School Libraries

Book 1 JUNE 5, 2020 – Bookmarks has received a $20,000 grant from Parsec Financial, a national wealth management firm with an office in Winston-Salem.

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization and independent bookstore here in Winston-Salem that works to ignite the love of reading. Bookmarks use the money for its “Book Build: Fostering Connections by Building Collections” initiative.

“We were absolutely thrilled to receive the Parsec Prize in support of our final year of Book Build,” said Ginger Hendricks, Bookmarks Executive Director.

“The timing was perfect and will help us place 1,200 additional books into our local public-school libraries.”

“This support will provide our youngest citizens of our community with the tools to create lifelong readers.”

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools receiving books through the initiative in the spring of 2020 Schools are: Ashley Academy, Ibraham, Lewisville, Old Town, Sedge Garden and Speas elementary schools; East Forsyth, Hanes Magnet and Kernersville middle schools; and Mount Tabor, Reagan, and Walkertown high schools. 

Book 5 Schools receiving books in the fall of 2020 will be Cook, Hall-Woodward, Jefferson, Kimberley Park, Old Richmond, Petree, Sherwood Forest, and Union Cross elementary schools; Meadowlark and Walkertown middle schools; and Parkland and Reynolds high schools, as well as the middle and high school programs at Main Street Academy.

“Our goal is to donate the remaining 8,000 books with Book Build by December of this year,” said Ashley Bryan, Youth and Schools Coordinator for Bookmarks ,

“We will also arrange for school visits - whether virtually or in-person - to further excite students about reading.”

Bookmarks is one of 15 Parsec Prize recipients for 2020. The 2020 Parsec Prize grants will total $200,000 in 2020 and help support those working diligently and effectively to prioritize educational and literacy needs amidst the pandemic in North Carolina.

Book Build, a three-year initiative that began in 2018, will place 25,000 new and diverse books in the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County public school libraries by the end of 2020 – reaching more than 50,000 students.

Bookmarks has already donated 17,000 books that have been covered, catalogued, and book plated prior to being delivered. In addition, featured authors (whose books are donated to the school library) visit with students in conjunction with the influx of donated books, building on common core goals.

In 2018, The Mebane Charitable Foundation issued a three-year $200,000 challenge matching grant to Bookmarks for Book Build. The Parsec Prize, combined with funding from individuals, sponsors, and foundations, Bookmarks has now unlocked the final $50,000 and has less than $22,000 to reach their combined three-year $450,000 goal to complete the fundraising for Book Build.

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization and independent bookstore that works to ignite the love of reading by connecting the community with books and authors. Bookmarks offers year-round programming, including author talks, lecture nights, book club discussions, and more, all of which are currently being offered virtually.

Bookmarks is located at 634 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem and is offering curbside and phone service on Tuesday 3-7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit Bookmarks for more information.

The Parsec Prize is designed to help local nonprofits further their missions and help improve the lives of those served in our communities. Since 2005, Parsec has awarded more than $1.5 million in Parsec Prize grants to 84 local nonprofits. The Parsec Prize represents approximately one-half of Parsec’s annual charitable giving.

For more information about the award, go to Parsec Prize.

For more information about The Mebane Charitable Foundation, go to Foundation