Join United Way of Lane County and Connected Lane County to provide books for kids in Lane County!

BookFest is a community-wide book drive and series of distribution events for K-2nd students in Lane County to choose seven books to take home for the summer and keep forever. Books are distributed in nine schools where many of the kids are at risk for not meeting the third-grade reading benchmark. This past year over 9,000 books were donated. 

Volunteers are used at our annual Book Sort and Book Distribution events.

  • The Book Sort is where volunteers clean and sort all the books that were collected through all the county wide book drives.
  • The Book Distribution events are where volunteers help K-2nd graders select which books they want to take to read over summer and keep forever. 
    • Volunteers are needed to help distribute books at various BookFest distribution events across Lane County. These events allow K-2nd grade students in Lane County schools to choose books to take home for the summer. Books are distributed in various schools where many of the kids are at risk for not meeting the third-grade reading benchmark.
    • Multiple dates and times are available! Some schools require a background check for all volunteers. If you select a school that does require a background check you will be receiving additional communication from our Volunteer Coordinator with instructions. 

BookFest is generously underwritten by sponsors. For more information about supporting this initiative, please see our 2019-20 Sponsorship Flyer.

Thank you to the following 46 companies for helping collect over 8,000 books!

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 Workforce, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Moss Adams, Murphy Company, Northwest Community Credit Union, PacificSource Health Plans, PBC Insurance, Pearl Buck, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, PIVOT Architecture, Royal Caribbean, Ruby Porter Marketing & Design, Sacred Heart at University District, Sacred Heart ICU at Riverbend, SELCO Branches, St. Vincent de Paul, Summit Bank, Systems West Engineers, The Duck Store, The Loft/Turtles Bar & Grill, The Papé Group, True Value, United Way, USI Insurance, Wayfair, YMCA, Yogi


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