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Marking major milestone, Better World Books honors roots with $10000 gift for Robinson Community Learning Center

Better World Books, an online bookseller with ties to the University of Notre Dame that donates books and a share of its profits to literacy programs around the globe, recently sold its 100 millionth book.

To mark the occasion, the company — based in Mishawaka — awarded $10,000 to the Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), where it originated as a campus book drive back in 2002.

The grant is for the purchase of new and used books for the RCLC, which offers educational programming, including language, literacy, tutoring and Shakespeare programs and a licensed preschool, to children and adults in the South Bend Community.

“The Robinson Community Learning Center is very grateful to have received a $10,000 grant in honor of this occasion that we can spend on books from Better World Books,” said Jennifer Knapp Beudert, manager of the RCLC. “These books will support our literacy tutoring programs, the Robinson Shakespeare Company, the Robinson Community Learning Center Preschool, the Talk With Your Baby program and book clubs for senior adults for years to come.”

In addition to the RCLC, the company is awarding $2,500 to the North Carolina library from which the 100 millionth book was acquired. It also plans to bring its bookmobile to the RCLC once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

“There is no doubt books change lives,” said Dustin Holland, president and CEO of Better World Books. “At 100 million books sold, Better World Books is in business to make a difference in the world, and we are thrilled to share this milestone and achievement with our customers, partners and team members.”

Better World Books is a certified B Corporation that collects and sells new and used books online as a way to support literacy programs and libraries in the U.S. and around the world.

It was founded by Notre Dame alumni

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