Providing kids with the books they need to succeed


In Lane County, 53% of third graders are not reading at grade level, making them four times more likely to drop out of high school. In response, United Way, Connected Lane County, and Eugene Education Foundation have teamed up to host BookFest: a community-wide program helping K-2 students build their home libraries, maintain reading gains over the summer, and ultimately, help improve reading scores. 



We’re partnering with 12 schools throughout Lane County where students have the most opportunity to increase their reading scores. This spring, K-2 students at these schools will receive a “menu” of beloved and popular books and select which they’d like to receive. At the end of the school year, they’ll receive individualized book bags containing their chosen books (plus extras donated through this year’s book drives) to build their home libraries. Increasing students’ access to age-appropriate books is one of the key components to improving reading scores.



This February and March, you can donate funds to purchase new, age-appropriate and diverse books we know students love. As we’re able to purchase books at bulk rates, raising $7,000 will allow us to purchase 3-4 books for every K-2 student at these 12 schools.

Your financial gifts are the best way to support BookFest this year, since we’ve scaled back volunteer opportunities, and drives are harder to host during COVID-19. But because of this, we’re excited to increase the number of age-appropriate, diverse books we know students love. Thanks for making success possible for Lane County students!


Sponsor BookFest Host a Book Drive Donate Funds for Books

$500 purchases 142 new, high-quality books, and shows your organization is committed to children’s success! Sponsors receive recognition in event emails, video, and media outreach. Become a sponsor here.

Engage your networks by collecting gently used books now through the end of March. Toolkits are available to help plan your drive. These books will be added to the bag of new books we hope to purchase.

Register and learn more here.

To donate any other amount for books, you can make a cash or check donation to United Way of Lane County with BookFest in the memo line, or donate online here.


Thanks for helping us turn the page on literacy rates for Lane County students!

Questions? Contact or call 541-741-6000.

BookFest 2021 is a proud partnership between Connected Lane County, United Way, and Eugene Education Foundation. 

BookFest is not supported by donor dollars and relies on sponsorship and generous donations.