In 2009, an amazing father and daughter duo co-founded “Books 4 Cause” after noticing so many textbooks being thrown away after just one year of use.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of books have been donated to this cause, which now has filled 110 libraries in Africa. But when COVID-19 hit the United States, they knew the need would grow here, as well.

Mayana Lifchitz and her father, Josef Lifchitz opened a library on North Milwaukee Avenue in Avondale with 1,000 books inside.  The store is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and every book is completely free.

“What reading does is provide education. That education lengthens lives,” said Yosef Lifchitz.

“It might seem really simple, but the escapism it provides is incredible. You can really turn someone’s life around just by giving them a free book,” said Mayana Lifchitz.

With plans to open other libraries in the Southern and Western sides of Chicago, Books 4 Cause is also helping to fill empty storefronts hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We can pop in for a week and if you need us to leave to rent the space, we’ll be out,” Lifchitz said. “All books have an opportunity to be in someone’s hand.”

Such an innovative way to help students in need and struggling retailers at the same time. Hats off to this amazing duo!

If you would like to donate a book to this project or learn more about the library, click here.