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Powell's Books Kicks Off Schoolbook Challenge
Bookseller invites the community to help donate 55,000 Library Books to Portland and Beaverton Public Schools

November 6, 2006, Portland, OR —Powell's Books continues its commitment to getting books into the hands of school children by launching Schoolbook Challenge once again. For seven weeks, beginning November 14, 2006, through January 1, 2007, Powell's Books is challenging the community to help donate more than 50,000 books to Portland and Beaverton Public Schools.

The purpose of Powell's Schoolbook Challenge is to get much needed reading materials into the hands of school-age children in the Portland area and to heighten the public's awareness of the needs of public schools.

Powell's is asking its customers to make contributions in the form of "book pledges," each valued at $5.95 and good toward one new schoolbook. Book pledges can be purchased at all Powell's Books six Portland-area locations and online at

For each book pledge purchased, Powell's will, in turn, match the pledge with 10 additional books, up to a maximum of 50,000 books. Donated books will feature a wide variety of reading material, including picture books and novels; history, math, and social science; dictionaries, reference, and language learning tools.

Last year, Powell's redesigned the Schoolbook Challenge program, formerly known as It's for Kids, with the goal of donating as many books in one year as it had over the previous nine years of It's for Kids. The overwhelming community response helped the company reach its goal. On August 31, 2005, Powell's distributed 57,500 books to 275 Portland Public School teachers and librarians with the help of 90 volunteers from Schoolhouse Supplies at its warehouse in Northwest Portland.

Schoolbook Challenge is made possible by the generous support of Schoolhouse Supplies and sponsors, 94/7 FM, Willamette Week, and Hot Lips Pizza.

About Powell's Books and
An independent bookseller since 1971, Powell's serves the Portland, Oregon, area with four general bookstores and two specialty stores. Its flagship store takes up an entire city block, offering 68,000 square feet of used, new, rare, and out-of-print books. Online since 1994, offers the combined inventory of its six retail locations and five warehouses — approximately four million books in all. The site features exclusive author interviews and essays, as well as a stable of internationally respected book reviewers and content partners. Forbes magazine crowned the site a "Forbes Favorite," applauding its "huge selection of new, used and rare books, all swathed in smart content."

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