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Binc on COVID-19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 12, 2020
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The Binc Foundation can potentially offer booksellers support during a public health emergency. Assistance may be available for the medical expenses of booksellers. Binc may also be able to help booksellers in specific cases where store closure and/or loss of scheduled pay creates a financial hardship for the individual/family.

Binc may be able to help with medical expenses or personal household expenses under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work. 
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.

For the events listed below, an official state, county or city Public Health Emergency restricting public interaction must be declared and documented.

  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.
  • If a bookstore loses a significant amount of business due to forced store closure or restrictions on residents’ movement and the store is unable to pay store rent and/or utility expenses, Binc may be able to help.

Contact Binc by email help@bincfoundation.org or phone 866-733-9064.

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Binc scholarships now accepting applications

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 27, 2020
Higher Education Scholarships
  • We are currently accepting scholarship applications for our Higher Education scholarship program.
    • Accepting applications through March 11th.
    • The 2020 scholarship program supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will again this year award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers or comic retailers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an owner or employee of a physical bookstore who has overcome a learning adversity or is a non­traditional student.
Bank on Booksellers 2020
  • We are in the planning stages for a Bank on Booksellers online piggy bank auction and you are the first supporters to find out! The auction will go live for a week in June of 2020.
  • Binc will be providing more updates and assets to help spread the word about this fun auction. The bidding at the last auction raised over $20,000.

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Carla Gray Scholarship Deadline Extended to Oct. 28

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 23, 2019

 

Deadline Extended - Apply by October 28!

 

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists is unlike any other scholarship the Binc Foundation has offered. This year-long professional development scholarship is intended to help a bookseller with fewer than five years of experience connect with other booksellers, publishers, and authors and to establish the long-term relationships that keep the book industry thriving.

The scholarship includes funds to attend Winter Institute 2020 and a 2020 fall regional trade show. The bookseller will also be granted funding to support a community outreach project of their own design.

Applications are open now.

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Heads or Tails, every bookseller wins!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

BincAnyone who has attended a regional trade show or the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute or Children's Institute has had the chance to play "Heads or Tails" -- the popular game/fundraiser the last person standing takes home a $500 prize. If you haven't played, you have at least watched, smiling as your colleagues, adorned with flashing pins, tried to decide whether to put their hands on their heads ("heads") or their rears ("tails"). A coin is flipped, heads or tails is called, and pins are turned off as players guess wrong. Every pin represents a $20 donation to Binc. The more pins a player is wearing, the longer they can stay in the game, but eventually only one person is left, still blinking.

At the SIBA Discovery Show the Binc Heads or Tails Fundraiser is one of the last events of the show -- held on the exhibit floor amid a general air of hilarity as booksellers, exhibitors, and even authors ham it up trying to stay on their feet until the end. The event has proved so popular -- and is for such a good cause -- that many authors in the show program who can't stay for the whole weekend arrange for proxys to stand in for them so they can still play. The lucky winner of this year's contest was Rebecca Kauffman, author of The House on Fripp Island, due out in June of 2020.

The fundraiser, which was sponsored by SIBA, raised approximately $3500.

So what, exactly, were all those folks doing by wearing flashy pins and patting their heads?

They were helping SIBA booksellers in need.

"Within 24 hours, Kit called to report that Binc was stepping in to assist with several months of rent payments. What a godsend. It was like I could breathe again." -- Jamie Anderson, Downtown Books & Duck's Cottage, Outer Banks, NC, after Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael

Binc exists to be a safety net for booksellers facing a financial crisis. This has special significance for bookstores in SIBA territory, which face severe natural disasters and weather events with increasing rapidity. Rarely does the South make it through a hurricane season without some of our stores being affected -- by flooding, building damage, lost inventory, lost work, lost wages. Here is what Binc has done for SIBA booksellers since 2014:

  • Bookstore Disaster Recovery: 2 grants for a total of $12,073
  • Disaster Relief: 2 grants for a total of $7,975
  • Financial Assistance: 27 grants for a total of $62,678
  • Matching Grants: 5 grants fora total of $10,000

All in all, Binc has provided more than $92,000 in aid to Southern bookstores in the last five years. They have helped booksellers pay their rent, keep the lights on, meet serious medical expenses, and provide immediate disaster assistance.

That means if you have ever played "Heads or Tails" with Binc and didn't win, you still won. Your contribution has strengthened the bookselling community by directly benefiting its booksellers.

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Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Applications Open 6/15

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ABAMacmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns
Nine Scholarships Will be Awarded in 2019

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Binc Foundation and Macmillan Publishers, provides the opportunity to attend a regional fall trade show to booksellers who are underrepresented within the book industry. The application period will run from June 15th through July 15th. For full details and eligibility requirements, please see the online application here.

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NC Bookseller Receives Binc Higher Education Scholarship

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Congratulations to Carl Schumer from Sassafras on Sutton Bookstore, who has received a $3500 Binc Higher Education Scholarship to Clemson University. Colin is a National Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America. Being a youth ambassador gives Colin, “the ability to help other kids with Tourette Syndrome who are unable to have a voice of their own.” He plans to pursue an MBA after earning his BA in marketing.

A favorite quote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” —The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Binc Higher Education scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board. Since 2001 the Foundation has supported the educational goals of more than 700 booksellers, granting over $2 million in awards.
 
Providing financial assistance to help booksellers’ families achieve their educational and professional dreams is a rewarding part of maintaining the bookseller safety net, according to Binc Executive Director Pam French. “For eighteen years Binc has helped ease the cost of a college education for booksellers’ families. Reading about the scholarship winners and their educational goals is always inspiring,” she said. “A big congratulations to all of the students!”

 

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2019 Binc Survey: We Want to Hear from You!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, March 24, 2019

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The 2019 Survey Binc will be open from March 25th through April 6th.

Bookseller feedback is being sought for the 2019 Binc Survey. Bookseller input is important to the organization and will help the Binc Foundation better serve booksellers across the nation. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Participants have the option to be entered to win a $200 gift card to the bookstore of their choice or one of four (4) $50 American Express Gift Cards, To be entered, they must submit their email address. Binc will not contact people for any other reason other than to let them know if they've won (unless you give your permission to be added to our mailing list). Binc will never share information with an outside organization.

Click here to take the survey

 

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Inspirational Books Publishing Hosts Order Campaign in Support of Binc

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, March 18, 2019

Inspirational Books Publishing Hosts Order Campaign in Support of Binc

"We can be beacons of light" --Aimee Cabo Nikolov

Love is the Answer, God is the CureIn order to introduce the new edition their lead title, Love is the Answer, God is the Cure by Aimee Cabo Nikolov, to independent bookstores, Inspiriational Books Publishing seeks to support booksellers via the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in addition to inspiring readers with this powerful memoir.

For every copy of Aimee Cabo Nikolov's book sold until 5/30/2019 Inspirational Books Publishing will donate $5 to Binc, the safety net for booksellers.

Nikolov's memoir offers an important message of hope and resilience for reader, recounting how the author overcame great adversity to ultimately live a fulfilling life.

Love Is the Answer, God Is the Cure is available from wholesalers at regular discount:

Author: Aimee Cabo Nikolov
ISBN: 9780578433868
Format: Paperback
SRP: $15.95
Pub Date: January 1, 2019
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780578433868

More information is available at https://godisthecure.com

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Binc Disaster Relief Pilot Becomes Regular Program

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, March 18, 2019

 

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Disaster Relief Program No Longer a Pilot, Now a Regular Program Offering for Bookstores from Binc

 

Ann Arbor, MI ­– March 18, 2019 – The Binc Foundation announces their bookstore disaster relief program, which was piloted in 2017 and 2018, is now a regular program and is no longer being tested as a pilot. The Binc Foundation board made up of passionate book people, including publishers, booksellers, and Borders’ Alumni, voted at their February board meeting to make Binc’s bookstore disaster relief a program offering going forward.

The goal of the bookstore disaster relief program is to provide assistance to bookstores so they can return to normal operations as quickly as possible following a natural disaster. Binc can now help bookstores pay essential expenses if they have sustained a financial hardship due to disaster. Rent, utilities, certain repairs, and storage of non-damaged furnishings, while repairs are completed, can all be considered for assistance.

In 2017—through the generosity of Binc’s donors—Binc was able to assist six bookstores in disaster recovery from hurricane, wildfire, and flood. In 2018 Binc assisted five bookstores with recovery assistance for hurricanes, wildfires, and flood. Binc has given over $76,000 in disaster recovery assistance to bookstores since 2017.

As the frequency of natural disasters increase (since 1970, the number of disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled to around 400 a year)[1], the Binc board decided it was time to add this vital program to its assistance options. “We believe that the number of bookstores needing this assistance is only going to increase in the coming years. Our bookstore disaster recovery assistance has proven to help booksellers and their communities move forward after a natural disaster, so by changing the bookstore disaster recovery assistance from a pilot to a regular program, we are preparing for the future,” said Binc Executive Director, Pam French.

Binc board member and owner of Bank Square Books/Savoy Bookshop & Café Annie Philbrick said, “When Bank Square Books was flooded by tropical storm Sandy we received a phone call from Kit who told us she was with Binc and wanted to help. We had no idea what this organization could help with, but we quickly learned that they are an amazing team of hard workers. Over the past eight years, Binc has helped many of our employees with major life and medical issues as well. Without Binc, we would not have gotten back on our feet as fast as we did after Sandy.”

 

More information at: http://www.bincfoundation.org.

 


[1] “Weather-Related Disasters Are Increasing.” The Economist, The Economist Newspaper, 29 Aug. 2017, www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2017/08/29/weather-related-disasters-are-increasing.

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Applications Open for Binc Higher Education Scholarships

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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The Binc Foundation’s annual scholarship program is now open for applications. Applications will be accepted through March 5th, 2019. The 2019 scholarship program has been revised to support booksellers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an independent bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program seeks to make a lasting impact in book store employees’ lives and former Borders Group employees’ lives by offering scholarships to their dependents and spouses/partners based on financial need, academic performance, and community involvement – helping to make a college education more affordable for booksellers' families. Scholarships are offered for full- or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This revised scholarship program reflects a change in eligibility requirements from previous years (booksellers themselves are now only eligible for the Karl Pohrt Memorial Scholarship). This change in eligibility realigns the program with Binc’s mission to strengthen the book industry and support career booksellers and their families. Now, only booksellers' dependents and spouses/partners are eligible for the (7) seven higher education scholarships. The bookseller themselves must be currently employed at a brick and mortar bookstore and have been employed there for at least 90 days for their family members to be eligible for a higher education scholarship.

Changes were made to the scholarship program this year to more closely align the program with Binc’s mission to strengthen the book industry. Binc hopes to support career booksellers by making college education more affordable for their families.

Booksellers wishing to expand their education – and stay in the industry – may apply for a variety of Professional Development Scholarships. Applications are currently being accepted for the newly launched Denver Publishing Institute and applications will open later this year for the second annual Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists. The Professional Development Scholarship opportunities Binc offers are expanding and growing. More scholarship opportunities will be announced later this year.

Binc Executive Director, Pam French, commented, “The launch of our annual scholarship program always makes January exciting. Helping booksellers’ families achieve their educational goals and explore possibilities is one of the ways Binc supports booksellers. I encourage all booksellers who are the parents or guardians of students who are pursuing higher education, to apply for a scholarship this year.”

Since 2001, the Binc Foundation has supported the educational goals of over 680 students, awarding $1.9 million dollars in higher education scholarships. Now in its eighteenth year, the scholarship program is focusing on making a positive impact in the lives of bookstore employees and their families.

Scholarship America (Scholarship Management Services) will manage the 2019 scholarship program. The evaluation process will utilize selection criteria including financial need, prior academic achievement and leadership capabilities (including participation in school and community activities) as well as work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

Booksellers can find out more details and apply at https://www.scholarsapply.org/binc. Applications are due by March 5th, 2019.

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Disaster Relief

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Disaster Relief

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Are you a bookseller or store owner that has been affected by Hurricane Florence or Michael? Remember that Binc is here for you. Email us at help@bincfoundation.org or call 866-733-9064.

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Help your store meet the challenge with this checklist.

 

Staying Open Despite the Hurricane Because of Your Help

The consequences and difficulties that result from a major hurricane don't always take the form of property damage, and stores and their employees do not need to have suffered physical damage to qualify for assistance.

The thoughtful owner of a bookstore in North Carolina did all they could to prepare for the recent Hurricane Florence. They put books and merchandise on high shelves and most major physical damage was avoided because of their precautions and preparation before the storm. However, because of this store's location and a customer base which is in a large part tourists, they are struggling to pay their mortgage and utilities because access to their area is currently restricted to emergency and storm clean up crews. Cleanup is likely going to take several months and foot traffic will be limited to nonexistent for weeks to come. Binc has stepped in to cover mortgage and utilities for a few months, so that when tourists return their favorite local bookstore will still be there – ready to welcome them back.


If you or a bookseller you know is facing an unexpected hardship, contact Binc and we will help you navigate available resources.

If you'd like to help booksellers facing life's emergencies donate here.

We are counting on you to help booksellers and their families.

Thank you,
Kate & The Binc Foundation Team

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Binc: The Southern Bookselling Community Steps Up!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Binc: The Southern Bookselling Community Steps Up!

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SIBA raised over $3000 for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation at the SIBA Discovery Show last week. Binc is a charitable foundation that provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. The generosity of show attendees was especially in evidence as Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast, threatening friends and colleagues.

"SIBA and her team raised a total of $3,039," said Kathy Bartson of Binc, "thus helping at least one bookseller and family but most likely two booksellers!"

Alesia BollumThe "Heads or Tails" Binc fundraiser has become an established event at the show. A game in which participants buy flashing pins for a chance to win a $500 cash prize, the fundraiser culminates in a fun event on the show floor where everyone who has bought a pin stands, pins blinking, and when the coin is flipped, each person publicly indicates their guess by placing their hands on their “head” (head) or “tail” (backside). Each flip eliminates those who guessed wrong, and they turn off their pin; More pins mean more chances to play and the last person standing wins.

SIBA and Binc sold the pins for $20 each, or 2 for $35. Publishers stepped in to play on behalf of their authors and show presenters who couldn't stay for the event but wanted to support Binc and the many booksellers threatened by the storm.

The winner of the #SIBA18 Heads or Tails contest was Alesia Bollum from The Muse Bookshop in Deland Florida.

Donations to Binc can be made here

https://secure.donationpay.org/bincfoundation/

If you are a bookseller in need, you can request assistance here:

https://www.bincfoundation.org/request-assistance/

Booksellers can also email to help@bincfoundation.org or call 866-733-9064.

In the words of Binc Executive Director Pam French "We are ready to assist."

*A personal note from Nicki: I sometimes think people don't take the phrase "we are ready to assist" seriously or literally, but I am here to tell you that when Binc says it, they absolutely mean it. It was no secret at this year's SIBA show that I was feeling worried and a little frantic. Hurricane Florence made landfall...well, right in my front yard, frankly. I live just north of Wilmington, NC, on the coast. Needless to say, I was distracted the entire week, unable to get any news about friends or loved ones, not to mention my friend who housesits for me and takes care of my dogs and cats. (Everyone is fine, by the way, as is my house). The day the hurricane hit, the Binc people emailed me, asking if I needed help and letting SIBA know they were ready to help any bookseller in harm's way. Pam and Kathy were both at the show and checked in with me periodically. And as I made my way home (as of this writing I am still en route, all the roads to Wilmington are closed), Binc called me on the phone just to check in and make sure I knew help was available. In fact, one of the most rewarding things I have done post-show was to help Binc compile a list of our member stores that may have been affected and have staff in need. They are that committed to their mission.

Binc is good people, folks. Give if you can. And please, please, ask for help if you need it.

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As Natural Disasters Hit Home, We Remind Booksellers that Binc has their Back!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 29, 2018

As Natural Disasters Hit Home, We Remind Booksellers that Binc has their Back!

Kit Mundus Steinaway, Programs Manager at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, reached out to booksellers recently with the message, "As Hurricane Lane races toward Hawaii and the wildfires continue to burn in the western states, I wanted to reach out with a reminder. If you hear of a bookseller who has been impacted by any disaster, please encourage them to contact Binc. We can help with relocation, loss of property or loss of household income. We want to do anything we can to help booksellers in the path of nature's fury.  If you are a bookseller impacted by a disaster contact Binc for financial assistance 866-733-9064 or help@bincfoundation.org."

 

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Want to bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank On Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, August 24, 2018

 

Want to Bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank on Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!

Authors, illustrators, and other celebrities from the book industry and beyond have gone the extra mile for the return of #BankOnBooksellers. More than 90 heroes have decorated piggy banks for the auction which will begin on September 9 and ends September 15. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to win one-of-a-swine artwork and help booksellers through emergencies at the same time! The auction kicks off at Noon EST on Sept. 9 and will feature a launch party with all of the piggy banks on display from 5 to 7 pm at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to see all of the piggy banks in person and also coincides with the Kerrytown Book Festival! If you can’t make it out to Michigan, no worries! All of the pigs will be posted on the auction website and will be available for bidding until Noon EST on Sept. 15. Contact Binc for more information on the auction and for downloadable cards and flyers to promote the auction to your customers.

Beloved bestselling author Alan Gratz (RefugeeGrenade) decorated pigs for the auction and shares with us his very punny experience. He also allowed a sneak peek at his creations. 

"I had the idea to cover my pigs with pig-pun book titles, like "Sow and the Fury." I had a few good ideas, but the best way to REALLY get a great list of pig books was to crowd-source it! I went on Facebook and invited my friends to give me their best pig-pun book titles, and boy, did they go hog wild. The Snoutsiders. A Tail of Two Piggies. Bright Lights, Big Piggy. Lord of the Swine (or Lard of the Flies, your pick). A Wrinkle in Swine. Catcher in the Sty. Frankenswine. The Pig Sleep. A Sausage to India. A Farewell to Farms. Boar and Peace. Swine and Punishment. As I Lay Frying. Silence of the Hams. The Loin, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Jurassic Pork. And Hamlet and Pigmalion, of course. I got so many I couldn't hope to use them all. Maybe next year's BINC banks...? I didn't trust my own brushmanship, so I paid a visit to my local craft store. There I acquired letter stickers, paint (for the background), and gloss to paint over them all. I spent a weekend binge-watching BBC mysteries while I painted my pigs and then carefully placed each of the little letter stickers on them with tweezers. When that was done, I coated them twice over with a clear finish, so my sticker-work wouldn't fly away. I'm very happy with the result. They were definitely worth the truffle. I hope they bring home the bacon for BINC!"

   

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Bank on Booksellers with Binc!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Dozens of Authors and Illustrators Aid Binc’s Bank on Booksellers
Patchett, Grisham, Reynolds Decorate Piggy Banks for Charity

Bank on BincANN ARBOR – Authors and illustrators are uniting to help booksellers across the country during the return of the Bank on Booksellers Piggy Bank Auction. The auction will take place online with nationwide bidding beginning on Sunday, September 9 and closing at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 15.

In 2016, the team at Parnassus Books came together to create a unique way to support one of their fellow employees who had been diagnosed with a serious illness. The Parnassus employees used their connections to the book industry to recruit a host of celebrity piggy bank decorators for the first Bank on Booksellers. The proceeds were used to help booksellers across the country.

“Not every bookseller facing a serious medical situation can get a whole bunch of pigs together to help them out, but every bookseller has the Binc Foundation,” said Parnassus co-owner and Binc Ambassador Ann Patchett.

This year, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is hoping to follow up on the 2016 Bank on Booksellers auction. The goal is to raise $25,000, according to Binc Executive Director Pam French.

“The response to the first Bank on Booksellers was stunning,” French said. “We were overwhelmed at the support the auction received from the book industry, celebrities and everyone who bid. We hope the 2018 Bank on Booksellers will be just as great an opportunity for the people who care about booksellers to show their love.”

Binc is still looking for celebrities to sign up to decorate a piggy bank which will be auctioned off to support the bookseller’s safety net. Anyone interested in signing up to decorate a pig for the auction or who would like to connect us with an illustrator or celebrity should contact Kathy Bartson at kathy@bincfoundation.org or Deb Leonard at DebLeo10@gmail.com.

“We’ve had a number of generous authors and illustrators volunteer their time to decorate piggy banks, but there are plenty of mini-masterpieces left to be painted,” French said. “We’re hoping our friends at bookstores across the country will help us reach more pig-decorators.”

Binc is incredibly grateful to the authors who make up their roster of piggy bank creators. The current list of participating authors includes:

Lucie Amundsen
Katherine Applegate
Leigh Bardugo
Mac Barnett
Andrea Beaty
Anthony Doerr
John Hickenlooper
John Grisham
A.J. Jacobs
Nina Laden
Lillian Li
Tom Lichtenheld
Grace Lin
Jim Lynch
Gianna Marino
Barbara McClintock
Ann Patchett
Chris Raschka
Brendan Reichs
 Jason Reynolds
Tom Robbins
Judy Schachner
Jon Scieszka
Philip & Erin Stead
Garth Stein
Amy Stewart
Emma Straub
Cheryl Strayed
Don Tate

Contact: Kathy Bartson
Development Director, Binc Foundation
(734) 471-0201 or Kathy@bincfoundation.org

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $6.5 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people. Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org

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Don't Miss Out on These Scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 11, 2018

 

Don't Miss Out on These Scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show!

SIBA is committed to helping every bookseller who wishes to attend The Discovery Show find a way to come. Every year financial assistance is made available through the generous support of publishers and organizations who recognize what a vital resource the show is for stores. After all, stronger bookstores mean better sales for their books. This year SIBA has the following financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available.

The Macmillan Bookseller Professional Development Scholarship

In partnership with the Binc Foundation, The Macmillan Bookseller Professional Development Scholarship aims to encourage a greater number of individuals from underrepresented groups to choose and/or continue careers in bookselling. This scholarship will allow up to one bookseller to attend their regional trade show. Deadline is July 1. Click here to apply for the scholarship.


Binc Scholarship

Based on financial need, this scholarship is available for a bookseller who has not been to SIBA in recent years because they have been unable to afford it.  Write a letter of need & desire and email to wanda@sibaweb.com.

The Reba & Dave Scholarship Fund

Open to any bookseller, this scholarship allows ten bookstores, each with up to two booksellers, one hotel room for three nights, and two allpass tickets to the meals at the show. Includes up to $300 in  travel expenses.

Write a letter of need & desire and email to wanda@sibaweb.com.

The Pat Conroy Scholarships, sponsored by Penguin Random House

Two scholarships are designated for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show. This scholarship is in keeping with the Penguin Random House’s fifteen-year tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event.  The 2 scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the winner’s travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show. To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity.

To apply, the nominated bookseller should fill out the information below, and email it to wanda@sibaweb.com:

  • YES! I have never been to SIBA and I would love to go.

  • Name

  • Address

  • E-mail address

  • Bookstore: where do you work? How long have you worked there and what is your current role?

  • Make Pat Conroy proud! Please write a short (two paragraphs is ideal) description of why you love being a bookseller and what you hope to get out of SIBA.



Scholarship winners will be announced before September 1.

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Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns: Nine scholarships will be awarded in 2018

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns
Nine scholarships will be awarded in 2018

bincThe Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and Macmillan Publishers to provide professional development to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry, is returning for 2018. The application period will begin on June 1, 2018 and will end on July 1.

The program is intended to encourage a greater number of individuals from underrepresented groups to choose and/or continue careers in bookselling by offering up to a maximum of $500 for a bookseller from a traditionally underrepresented group to attend a regional trade show.

"We were delighted by the response to the scholarships last year and are so pleased to be able to offer them again in 2018. Judging by the responses we received from last year's participants, this is a worthwhile and rewarding program, which opens up a valuable experience to booksellers who would otherwise find it out of reach," said Macmillan Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs Monique Patterson, Editorial Director, St. Martin's Press and Angus Killick, VP, Associate Publisher, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

MacmillanEach scholarship will cover the cost of travel, lodging, and meals for one bookseller to attend their regional trade show. Nine scholarships are available – one for each regional independent bookseller association. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, a bookseller must have worked in a bookstore as a regular full or part-time employee for a minimum of 90 days. The bookstore must be a member in good standing of one of the regional trade associations. The applicant will answer three brief essay questions and the winners will be selected by a panel composed of Binc board members, booksellers, bookstore owners, and publishers.

Binc Executive Director Pam French said the Foundation is excited to continue programming that strengthens the bookselling industry by providing support for the diverse booksellers already working hard to make their communities great. 

"The Binc Foundation exists to help booksellers thrive," French said. "By working with Macmillan Publishers to bring diverse voices to regional trade shows, we're enriching conversations and improving the story of the bookselling industry."

Booksellers can find out more details and apply at https://bincfoundation.submittable.com/submit. Applications must be completed by July 1, 2018.

Eligibility:

  1. Applicants must fall into one of the following categories
    a.    People of color, defined as people of African/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Native American/Indigenous descent
    b.    People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer
    c.    People with disabilities (includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses).    
  2. Applicant's store must be a member of one of the regional IBA organizations.   
  3. Applicant must be a regular part-time or full-time employee of the bookstore.
  4. Applicant must be currently employed and have 90 days of continuous employment with the bookstore.

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances.
Since its inception, the organization has provided over $6.5 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families. Support for the Foundation's programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation's mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people. Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org

About Macmillan Publishers
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. Macmillan publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. US publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints, S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt and Droemer Knaur. Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. www.macmillan.com

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IBD Catalog, Binc Scholarships, and B3! Webinars: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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IBD EXCLUSIVE ITEMS AVAILABLE TO ORDER

Fight the Power Utility PouchStores participating in Independent Bookstore Day must place orders by February 2!

The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28th. Bookstore Day is proud to announce the 2018 catalog of exclusive items.

The 2018 catalog is live at www.indiebookstoreday.com. Bookstores have until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 to place their Bookstore Day orders online. Bookstore Day will also be present at Winter Institute in Memphis to answer questions and take orders in person.

BINC HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will begin accepting applications for its annual Higher Education Scholarship Program on January 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees/owners, Independent
Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these
employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24)
awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of
$5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

To apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America website at
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B3! WEBINARS

"Authors in School Programs" is now available to view

Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in School Program with Jamie Rogers Southern. 

Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in School Program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.

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Next Up:
February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

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EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

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Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)
Kim Wright, Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery Books)
Radney Foster, For You to See the Stars (Working Title Farm)

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Stephanie Jones-ByrneStephanie Jones-Byrne, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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Name: Stephanie Jones-Byrne

Store and location: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Number of years as a bookseller: More than 14 all together. I worked at a used, rare and antiquarian shop in Florida for about 9 years and have worked at Malaprop's twice for a total of about 5 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
This is really boring, but it's talking to people about books. There are new and fascinating conversations to be had every day.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Favorite handsell of 2017:
I have two: The Power by Naomi Alderman and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 

staff picksBest thing you did this year at your store:
This is really tough. The store hosts wonderful authors and is consistently amazing thanks to a lot of teamwork. If I have to pick the best thing I did personally, it would be revamping our "Blind Date With a Bookseller" system. We choose staff favorites, wrap them in brown paper and put descriptive terms on them along with the ISBN and price so folks can buy them knowing what makes them great reads, but not knowing what they are. We were handwriting the information, but it has become so popular that it was becoming a full-time job. So, I made a template that allows us to make and print labels for each book. We print several labels at time and keep them filed so a bookseller can quickly wrap a book and glue on a label. It's still a big job to keep up with demand, but I think it's a bit easier now.

MalapropsSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook @malapropsbooks 14,181 likes
Twitter @Malaprops 16,400 followers
Instagram @malapropsbookstore 1,791 followers

Top priority going into 2018:
I joined the Author Events and Marketing team in 2017 and it's a great team. I want to help continue to expand our events, streamline our event processes and grow our audience and community.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA helps booksellers to be resources for each other. It can save a lot of wheel reinventing.  


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

bullet journalingBeing in step with the trend "Assisted Development."
Trendwatching.com notes that "post-demographic consumers of all ages are crafting new narratives of adulthood. In 2018, they'll look to brands to help. Changing social attitudes, converging economic pressures and endless choice have scrambled the way millions of people think about, attain – or avoid! – traditional markers of adult life. Now, post-demographic consumers will look to brands to teach them life skills, let them outsource daily tasks, or help them realize personal life goals." Two NC bookstores are doing just this by hosting workshops to help readers organize their lives through bullet/dot journaling:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville: Dot Journaling Workshop with Clara Boza: Back by popular demand: Dot Journaling! Dot Journaling, also known as Bullet Journaling®, is sweeping the world as a smart, one-place-for-everything approach to journaling, planning, tracking, and note-taking. It's a system that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem: Bullet Journal Workshop: Learn from our friend, Molly Keener, as she leads you through creating your own bullet journal.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to The Oxford Exchange, Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, Cavalier House Books, Bookmarks, and The Country Bookshop!

9781101967386 Love and Ruin 5/1/2018
"McLain is the master storyteller and the guru of historical fiction!"

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
"Groff creates a wide range of characters, settings, and plots that avoid cliche. In their own way, each character seems to be searching for a sense of belonging and meaning, and I found myself rooting even for characters that I didn't fully like."

9780316262286 Ghost Boys 4/7/2018
"This is a novel to be shared with children; read it with them, discuss it with them, together we can gain the tools we need in order to live better."

9781616206253 Southernmost 6/5/2018
"What a beautiful story of love, regrets and responsibility. Book clubs will love this one.?"

9781501175183 By the Book 2/6/2018
"I think Persuasion is one of Austen's best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth."

9781250173836 Caged 7/10/2018
"Read this book, you will be enthralled and horrified at the same time."

9781442472457 Thunderhead 1/9/2018
"even when I thought I knew what would happen, a new twist would turn my perception on its head."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



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Binc receives major donor support

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Industry Leaders Commit Support to the Binc Foundation

Major Donors Pledge Funds to Help Booksellers

May 23, 2017

ANN ARBOR — Major forces in the bookselling industry have rallied together to provide significant funding for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. The industry support will help Binc provide financial assistance to booksellers facing challenges from medical or funeral expenses, loss of household income, domestic violence and more.

Binc Co-Ambassadors Ann Patchett and James Patterson led their respective publishers, HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group, in pledging generous support for Binc. Soon after, they were joined by industry-leading publishers Penguin Random HouseMacmillan Publishers and Simon & Schuster.

Long-time Binc supporter, Ingram Content Group and its distribution brands, Ingram Publisher Services, Consortium, Perseus Distribution and PGW also pledged significant support.

Receiving backing from these business leaders is a pivotal moment for Binc, as it demonstrates a collective investment in booksellers across the nation. The practical and psychological importance of the bookseller safety net can’t be overlooked, according to Patchett.

“So often in booksellers’ lives a true disaster can be averted by the gift of a couple thousand dollars. It’s a small amount of money that can keep people in their jobs and in their homes. But more than that, Binc brings peace of mind,” she said. “We’re telling the booksellers, ‘We’re there for you. You matter to us.’ By joining the campaign, publishers are saying the same thing. We’re incredibly grateful for this support.”

Patterson stressed the important role booksellers play in improving the lives of the people who frequent their stores.

“Booksellers are essential to fostering a love for reading – one of the most basic and critical skills a person can have,” he said. “Thanks to the financial assistance provided by Binc, there are more booksellers out there hand-selling, and carefully curating book recommendations for each person who walks through their doors. They’re doing noble, vital work, and I’m happy to acknowledge their contributions.”

The support totals more than $224,000 including annual gifts and multi-year pledges, moving the Foundation closer to its goal of raising $500,000 annually to support bookstore employees and owners. Executives from each industry-leading company commended booksellers on their important work.

“The people who work as professional booksellers in the nation’s bookstores are critical players in connecting our authors to their readers,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. “By supporting Binc, HarperCollins is proud to be able to play a part in supporting this important community in times of need.”

“The health and vitality of the book industry and, indeed, literary culture, depends on independent booksellers, the life force that brings readers and books together,” said Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group. “We are very proud to help Binc support booksellers in challenging times, when they need it most.”

Each organization’s contribution will help booksellers when they need it most. Since 1996, Binc has stabilized more than 7,000 households in thousands of communities, and provided higher education and professional development for 724 booksellers. Leaders from each of the other supporting organizations also offered their reasoning for supporting the bookseller safety net.

Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle and Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster stressed the value booksellers bring to their customers.

“Our booksellers give so much to their communities, so it is a privilege for Penguin Random House to give back to them through the Book Industry Charitable Foundation,” Dohle said. “This wonderful group has our deepest gratitude for their vital support of booksellers in their time of greatest hardship.”

“Booksellers are the vital cog in bringing authors to readers and providing a home and haven for culture and ideas within our communities, often at great personal sacrifice,” Reidy said.  “We are pleased to support the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in its mission to provide important and much-needed emergency assistance for booksellers in times of need and crisis.”

President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Shawn Morin and President of Macmillan Publishers Don Weisberg both stressed their organizations’ pride in supporting booksellers when they need it most.

“We value our association with Binc and its good work on behalf of booksellers. We know that our commitment has direct and positive impact on the community and booksellers,” Morin said. “We are very proud to support Binc’s own mission of providing emergency assistance to this important part of our community.”

“We at Macmillan are proud to join our fellow publishers in supporting Binc and their efforts in helping booksellers across the country,” Weisberg said.

The outpouring of support shows how important booksellers are to publishers, and it’s well-timed. Each year, there is a growing need as the Foundation receives more grant requests. With the average assistance also rising, support is as important as ever.

“The Foundation is incredibly grateful for this vital support from our industry’s leaders,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French. “We owe so much to our ambassadors and these publishers for bringing us closer to our goal of sustainability and helping booksellers well into the future”

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided more than $6 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,000 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families.  The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net.  It is our vision to be a caring community of book people.

Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org. Anyone interested in helping the Foundation reach sustainability can join the ongoing Campaign to Sustain, which aims to add 80 new sustaining donors.

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B3!, Binc and your store employees

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wish you could offer your employees more benefits?
Compete with other retailers to attract the best and the brightest? 
Let the Book Industry Charitable Foundation help!

Bookstore owners across the country have made Binc their own. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is your Foundation and as such, stands ready to serve your store as an additional employee benefit. When hiring new employees and sharing the benefits of working for your store, share how Binc is there for them by virtue of their employment with you.

The Binc Foundation provides financial assistance to brick and mortar bookstore employees working full-time or part-time who demonstrate a personal financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. The Foundation typically assists with needs arising from many qualifying life-events including:

  • Disaster
  • Domestic Violence
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Loss of Household Income, due to:
  • death in the household
  • disability
  • divorce or separation
  • job loss of spouse or partner
  • emergency child or elder care
  • Serious Medical Expenses
  • Utility Shut-off Prevention

 

Binc can assist any bookstore in setting up Payroll Withholding for employees, letting employees support other booksellers in need with a small donation amount (as little as $1 per pay period) to support Binc.

 

May is the month of Binc’s Campaign to Sustain effort so I encourage each store consider becoming a sustaining donor at $20 per month. This is a great way to support an organization that can hopefully assist you in attracting great booksellers.  Plus any store that does become a sustaining donor at $20 a month, or more, before the end of May, will receive 240 B3! Points.

 

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