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Ensure kids have the books they need to succeed: support BookFest!

Third grade is a crucial time for students: when they begin to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Yet 53% of Lane County students aren’t reaching this benchmark, putting them at risk of faltering in later grades and not graduating from high school.

United Way and Connected Lane County have teamed up to create BookFest, a community-wide book drive and series of distribution events that allow K-2 students in Lane County schools to choose six books to take home for the summer. Books are distributed in eight schools where many of the kids are at risk for not meeting the third grade reading benchmark. Read more about the history of BookFest on our stories page.

Help turn the page on reading proficiency for Lane County kids: participate in BookFest!

Ways to get involved:

  • Become a sponsor: by providing financial support, you can help purchase 50-250 books and provide programmatic support while showing the community your organization is committed to children’s success. Learn about sponsorship levels and benefits here.

  • Host a book drive: engage your networks throughout April in donating new and gently used books for K-2 students - a great community-building activity that benefits Lane County students!

  • Purchase books on our Amazon Wish List

  • Donate book funds:

    • Text BOOKFEST to 41444, or

    • Send cash or checks United Way of Lane County, 3171 Gateway Loop, Springfield, OR 97477.

  • Volunteer to help distribute books! Learn more and sign up for a time slot here.

Questions? Contact or call 541-741-6000.


Companies hosting book drives:

Abcam, Active Eugene 20-30, Adventure! Children's Museum, Banner Bank, Bi-Mart Corporate Office, Columbia Bank, Emerald People's Utility District, Emergence, Eugene Chamber, Eugene Emeralds, Eugene Mindworks, First Interstate Bank, Hawes Group, International Paper Co, Jones & Roth, KITS (OSLC Developments Inc.), Lane Community College, Lane County Developmental Disabilities, Lane County Trillium Behavioral Health, Lane ESD, Lane Workforce, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Moss Adams, Murphy Company, Northwest Community Credit Union, Oregon Pacific Bank, PacificSource Health Plans, PBC Insurance, PeaceHealth: Sacred Heart at University District, PeaceHealth: Sacred Heart ICU at Riverbend, Pearl Buck, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, PIVOT Architecture, Royal Caribbean, Ruby Porter Marketing & Design, SELCO Branches (5 total), Seneca Sawmill, Summit Bank, Systems West Engineers, The Duck Store, The Loft/Turtles Bar & Grill, The Papé Group, True Value, United Way, USI Insurance, and Wayfair.

Media Coverage of BookFest:

4/22/19: KVAL: BookFest interview with KVAL anchor Cameron Walker

5/31/18: KVAL: “Local organizations keep youngsters reading over summer break

6/4/18: The Register-Guard: “Lane County programs have students picking up books to stop ‘summer slide’”