#ReadLoveSupportBinc Challenge Starts June 10

Over the past two years book and comic stores across the country pivoted and rose to meet the need in their communities. They did this while facing unprecedented personal challenges that affected their own household financial stability.
The #ReadLoveSupportBinc Challenge is a great way to honor booksellers and comic retailers and raise money to continue to provide assistance as they face the financial and emotional impact of the pandemic, inflation, lack of affordable housing, high cost of healthcare, and the strain on their mental health.
Binc is inviting our donors, supporters, friends and fans to get involved by taking part in the #ReadLoveSupportBinc Challenge.
  • Make a donation.
  • Share  a photo or video of your To Be Read (TBR) pile to raise awareness of the Foundation and encourage others to join in the challenge.
  • Like and share posts and videos from some of your favorite authors and creators taking part in the #ReadLoveSupportBinc Challenge.
Learn more about the challenge, get social media assets, and get ready to get involved at
“I couldn’t be more excited to honor booksellers and bookstores by supporting their safety net — the Binc Foundation.” says author Will Schwalbe. “Our bookstores are a national treasure and I’m thrilled to have this chance to join together with fellow authors and readers to let booksellers across the country know how much we appreciate all they do."

Donate to #ReadLoveSupportBinc

The #ReadLoveSupportBinc page has lots of fun ways to get involved, but if you're ready to make a donation today, know it will make a real difference in the lives of employees and owners of bookstores and comic shops in need.

Celebrate Pride Month

We are delighted to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in all its glory with bookstores and comic shops. Here are a few of the displays and posts from local stores for Pride Month:
From top left: cake at Coffee Tree Books & The Fuzzy Duck Coffee Shop in Morehead, KY; Happy Pride from Binc; part of the staff rec display at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA, The crew from The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, UT; daily social media prompts from The Tattered Cover Book Store in Colorado; a festive display from P&T Knitwear Books & Podcasts in NYC, Dog-Eared Books in Ames, IA shows off a Progress Pride flag; Magic City Books in Tulsa, OK updates their profile picture for the occasion; and Leah Koch, co-owner of The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA shows off the store’s fabulous window display. All photos used by permission.

Program Update


Thank You for Being a Helper


Mr. Rogers gave great advice for people who are in stressful, frightening, and unexpected situations: Look for the helpers. He knew that asking for help when it’s needed, and giving help when we are able, makes the bad times better.

Read this month’s story about the different ways you are helping Binc help book and comic people. And subscribe to our Monthly Stories to for more content like this.


Resources: Prepare for Stormy Weather

As Hurricane Season and Wildfire Season overlap, it’s time to check and update your home and store emergency readiness plans.

Here is a wildfire map, helping you track wildfires:

Store hurricane/severe weather preparedness:

And, general  disaster planning for families:


Play Heads or Tails at Children’s Institute 

Come say hi to Judey and Kathy at Children's Institute, learn more about Binc, and play Heads or Tails with us Wed. June 22 3-3:20pm in person.

Make your donation online at and pick up your pin(s) in person and play the game. You might win $250 and you'll definitely help book and comic book people facing unexpected financial emergencies.

Thanks to the ABA for featuring Heads or Tails!

Binc’s Board of Directors Gather for Strategic Planning 

It was wonderful to be able to gather many of the members of Binc’s Board of Directors together in person in Ann Arbor last month. The board and staff worked to update the strategic framework to outline priorities through 2025. 
Participants in Binc's recent Board meeting, from back left: Sarah Bagby, Anne Kubek, Matthew Gildea, Annie Philbrick;
Middle row: Ken White, Chuck Robinson, Chris Morrow, Jonathan Putman;
Front row: Pam French, (on Zoom, Erin Coffey and Rockelle Henderson), Christie Roehl;
Not shown: Calvin Crosby, Eileen Dengler, Julia Cowlishaw, and Ku Liang

Happy Juneteenth!

Celebrate freedom and equality! Here are three reading lists exploring the history of Juneteenth, the legacy of slavery, and the ongoing struggle for equality and justice.

From, which collected recommendations from Black-owned bookstores:

From Charis Books & More in Decatur, GA:

From the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

Binc is Here for You

If you are a bookstore employee, comic shop employee, or store owner who is facing an unexpected financial hardship, please contact us. Binc may be able to help.

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