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Charlotte’s Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts is teaming up with Promising Pages to launch this year’s Booktoberfest, a month-long community book drive, celebration, and school year kick-off. The books are for kids. The beer is for adults.

Promising Pages is a non-profit that collects new and donated books for children in need. According to the event page, the goal of Booktoberfest is to end the Charlotte Area Book Desert and share donated books with children who have few, if any, books at home. Access to books greatly increases a child’s chances for personal and academic success.

The proceeds from Booktoberfest will help more than 8,000 students build their home libraries with self-selected books over the course of the 2022-2023 school year. During the 2021-2022 school year, Promising Pages shared over 270,000 free books with more than 60,000 under-served children!

The Booktoberfest Kick-Off Party is happening Thursday, September 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts, 1030 Woodward Avenue in Charlotte. There is no fee to attend but a suggested donation of $15 or more is appreciated. Light snacks will be provided. Here’s more about Promising Pages: