Support our book drive.

“There is more treasure in books, than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney

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Nothing opens the world to a child like books and the love of reading.  Studies have shown that having books in the home plays an enormous part in school success.  At Assistance League of Irvine, we’re all about making sure kids have a level playing field for success in school – and that includes books of their own.

We give each Operation School Bell student an age-appropriate book of their choice, plus a dictionary for each family.  And where do these books come from? From YOU, our generous donors and thrift shop patrons!

Each year we hold an annual Book Drive to collect new and gently-used books for these students.   The Irvine year-round schools start up in August, so our Book Drive is starting RIGHT NOW!

We supported over 800 students last year through Operation School Bell – so as you can see, we need LOTS of books! We’re particularly looking for books on the middle school or high school required reading lists.  You can drop off your book drive donations at the thrift shop during any time than we are open.

Help us encourage the love of reading in this new generation through our book drive.  And many, many thanks to ALL OF YOU who make it happen!

Working out with books

reading-newspaper-while-riding-stationary-bike“Twice a week I go to the gym and ride the stationary bicycle.  so I’m always looking for “gym books” that I can read while I exercise.  I like mysteries, thrillers, romances, historical fiction – you name it.  (Plot lines where the heroine decides to start working out and then transforms her life/meets Mr. Right/gets a job in Paris are especially good for this.)”

The thrift shop is  GREAT place to find a gym book! Most of Assistance League of Irvine’s paperbacks are 50 cents or $1 – way cheaper than even Costco!  At these prices, if you spill your water bottle all over the book, it won’t matter.  ALI ALWAYS has new books coming in, so check out the book section and stock up.