The Junior League of Winston-Salem (JLWS) aims to help families gain greater access to books through BookWORM, a drive to collect new and gently used children’s books from its members and the greater community.

Sixty-one percent of low-income families do not have books in their homes. Research shows that the most successful way to improve reading achievement is to increase access to printed materials. The North Carolina Read to Achieve program, which became effective at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, set a goal to ensure every student read at or above grade level by the end of the third grade. The JLWS believes that as an organization, helping our community achieve this goal is absolutely critical.

We DO NOT need: Adult books, Religious books, Encyclopedias, Cook books, Self-help books, Romance novels, Textbooks, Used Coloring books.

BookWORM has partnered with Bookmarks to manage our online wish lists. Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that delivers experiences celebrating books and authors throughout the year with the goal of creating a community of passionate readers and connecting readers with authors and books. The Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit produces the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, an Authors in Schools program reaching 7,000 students of all ages each year, and a series of events with bestselling and award-winning authors throughout the year. In its 12 years in existence, Bookmarks has brought more than 600 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem, North Carolina And it was started by the Junior League of Winston Salem in 2004! By purchasing books through Bookmarks we are supporting our local economy.

Before you can complete a purchase on the Bookmarks site, you must create a free account. This is a one-time process; you can use the same account for future purchases and personal wish lists.  It will save you time during the checkout process if you create your free account before you start shopping.

To create an account, click on My Account from the blue menu at the top of the page. Click on the Create New Account tab under User Account, create a username and enter your email address. You will receive an automated email from Bookmarks with instructions on creating your password.

To shop from wish lists, start here: Scroll down to the Junior League BookWORM section and click on the name of a Community Partner to view their wish list. Buy items from the wish lists by clicking on Add to cart next to the items you want to purchase.  Please note: at this point you should be able to add titles to your cart without being logged in, but if you receive an error or do not see the Add to cart button, please try logging into My Account with the free account you created.

When you finish shopping and are ready to check out, click on the Checkout button under the list of items in your shopping cart (main part of page) or from the Shopping Cart on the right side of the page. If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to log in now.  Review the list of items then click through each of the checkout boxes to review your customer options and enter payment information.

Make sure to choose In-Store Pickup and please include the name of the Community Partner you are shopping for in your order comments, and your order will go directly to the partner of your choosing. You do not need to pickup or ship your items – Bookmarks will handle this.

If you have any questions about using the Bookmarks website, please contact Bookmarks at

Additional information about the BookWORM fall drive requirements for Junior League members is available by logging into the members only section of the website. Once you log in, click on BookWORM in the Events tab.


Interested in becoming a BookWORM partner? Email for more information.