Bookstores Raise Almost $48,000 for ABFFE

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ABFFE Thanks FREADOM Gift Card Stores

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) this week thanked 74 bookstores that raised almost $48,000 to support its work through the sale of Freadom gift cards over the past four years.

ABFFE , which created the Freadom gift card in 2006 as part of the American Bookseller Association’s now-defunct gift card program, provided the card to stores for free in return for a donation of 10 percent of the gift card sale.

“Fundraising ideas are a dime a dozen, but this one really worked thanks to the strong support of booksellers, said ABFFE President Chris Finan. "We are very grateful to those 74 stores.”

Finan also thanked ABA's Jill Perlstein, who was in charge of the gift card program and suggested the idea of creating an ABFFE gift card; artist Roger Roth, who provided the image of the Statue of Liberty that appears on the card and other ABFFE products; and Ruth Liebmann of Random House, who arranged for permission to use the Roth illustration. The graphic originally appeared in The American Story: 100 True Tales From American History, a Random House book by Jennifer Armstrong. Random House also made a donation toward the cost of producing the first Freadom card.

The 74 stores that sold Freadom gift cards are:

Anderson's Bookshops Naperville and Downers Grove IL
Annie Bloom's Books Portland OR
Apple Blossom Books Oshkosh WI
Arches Book Company Moab UT
Books & Books of Bal Harbour Coral Gables and Miami Beach FL
Books Etc. Falmouth ME
Books Inc. Bookstores Multiple locations CA
Books on First Dixon IL
Boulder Book Store Boulder CO
Brace Books Ponca City OK
Breathe Books Baltimore MD
Brookline Booksmith Brookline MA
Brown Street Books Rhinelander WI
Carmichael's Bookstore Louisville KY
Carpe Librum Booksellers Knoxville TN
Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe AZ
Chester County Book & Music Company West Chester PA
Clinton Book Store Clinton NJ
Common Good Books St. Paul MN
Cover to Cover Books & Gifts Tomahawk WI
Cover to Cover San Francisco CA
Eagle Harbor Book Company Bainbridge Island WA
Eight Cousins Falmouth MA
Fact & Fiction Missoula MT
Flying Pig Bookstore Shelburne VT
Fountain Bookstore Richmond VA
Harvard Book Store Cambridge MA
Hicklebee's San Jose CA
Horton's Books & Gifts Carrollton GA
Inkwood Books Tampa FL
Island Books Missoula MT
Kepler's Books & Magazines Menlo Park CA
Laurel Book Store Oakland CA
Leaves of Grass Willits CA
Left Bank Books Saint Louis MO
Liberty Bay Books Poulsbo WA
Maria's Bookshop Durango CO
McLean & Eakin Booksellers Petoskey MI
Mysterious Galaxy Books San Diego CA
Nicola's Books Ann Arbor MI
Ninth Street Book Shop Wilmington DE
Northern Lights Books & Gifts Duluth MN
Octavia Books New Orleans LA
Off The Beaten Path Bookstore Steamboat Springs CO
Orca Books Olympia WA
Prairie Pages Bookseller Pierre SD
Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC
Rainy Day Books Fairway KS
Ravenna Third Place Bookstore Seattle WA
Red Fox Books Glens Falls NY
Sacred Path Books & Art Cleveland OH
Sam Wellers Bookstore Salt Lake City UT
Skylight Books Los Angeles CA
Skylight Books Los Angeles CA
Square One Books Seattle WA
Stacey's Bookstore (closed) San Francisco CA
Tattered Cover Bookstores Denver and Highlands Ranch CO
That Bookstore In Blytheville Blytheville AR
The Bookmark Shoppe Brooklyn NY
The Book Shelf Winona MN
The Galaxy Bookshop Hardwick VT
The King's English Salt Lake City UT
The Magic Tree Bookstore Oak Park IL
The River's End Bookstore Oswego NY
The Twig Book Shop San Antonio TX
Third Place Books Lake Forest Park WA
Title Wave Books Anchorage AK
Valley Bookseller Stillwater MN
Village Books Bellingham WA
Vintage Books Vancouver WA
Water Street Bookstore Exeter NH
White Birch Books North Conway NH