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Pioneer Bookshop to donate 10% of December sales to Grinnell high school and middle school libraries

Annual promotion has provided nearly $20,000 to schools in the past six years

GRINNELL, Iowa – Purchases at the downtown Grinnell College Pioneer Bookshop will support Grinnell-Newburg High School (GHS) and Grinnell-Newburg Middle School (GMS) students during December, when 10% of all sales, up to $3,000, will be donated to the GHS and GMS libraries. 

“Since our move to downtown Grinnell, local readers have been frequenting the store more often,” said Cassie Wherry, manager of the Pioneer Bookshop. “We support the GHS and GMS libraries in the quest to spark the love of reading in our teens.”

Grinnell College supports the donation as a Partner in Education with the district. The Grinnell-Newburg high school and middle school libraries receive half of the funds in the form of a check and the other half in a Pioneer Bookshop gift card. In the six years that the bookshop has been offering this program, it has generated approximately $19,444.

Shoppers can expect extended holiday hours in December. From Dec. 2-19 the bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For extended holiday hours, please visit the website at

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. The Pioneer Bookshop is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear better.

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