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50+ Easy Fundraising Ideas for School Libraries


With school budgets even tighter than ever and school events limited by social distancing, chances are your library fundraising is needed now more than ever. Here are some simple ideas to which you could run to increase and improve your book selection at school.

Book - Related Ideas

1. Run a sponsored read - see step by step how one school in Birmingham raised over £3,000

2. Online book fair - see Usborne Virtual Book Fairs

3. Create a school booklist. Each child in every class completes this sentence - "I love [book title] because...." and sell the booklist for £1 each

4. Create a picturebook advent calendar all wrapped up and sell tickets to win it

5. Second hand school book fair (bring in books 3 days in advance of fair, all children hand sanitise before touching books)

Guy Fawkes

6. Treasure Trail around the local community (e.g. pictures in windows) and sell the maps

7. Competition to create the best 'guy' and send in photos

8. Set up a hot chocolate stall

9. Drive-in Firework display


10. Christmas Hamper Raffle

11. Children create Christmas Cards and parents buy

12. Sponsored Carol Singing

13. Record and sell DVDs of the school's panto/nativity play/music evening/carol concert

14. Decorate a Christmas tree bauble and sell at school

15. Ask families to fill a jar with small items from home to sell at school

16. Santa's Grotto over Zoom

17. Sell Letters from Santa

18. Christmas crafts/wreath-making evening over Zoom

19. Source and sell Christmas trees to parents

20. Create a cracker and fill with a small present and sell

21. Auction off an 'Acts of Kindness' advent calendar

Anytime of Year - easy peasy

22. Home-clothes day

23. Colouring Competition

24. Sponsored silence

25. Crazy outfit/hair competition - £1 to enter with prizes to win

26. Send kids home with a smarties tube and ask them to bring it back in with 20p coins

27. Guess the teddy's name/number of sweets in a jar

28. Ask each class to fill a container with coins and the class with the most £ gets a treat

29. Break the Rules Day - 50p for each rule broken

30. Film night with snacks for each class/year bubble

Anytime of Year - a little more effort

31. Online Auction - ask families to donate goods or experiences, highest bid wins

32. Online Raffle - ask families to donated goods or experiences, families buy tickets

33. Jumble sale with a cost to put up a table

34. Online Bingo over Zoom - £1 to enter with prizes to win

35. Sponsored walk/ fun run 

36. Create a school School Calendar with pictures of each child/year and get local businesses to sponsor

37. Virtual Quiz 

38. Bags 2 School 

39. Window display trail 

40. Run an online disco

41. Run a 100 Club - annual fee with monthly prizes

42. Decorate a tea towel

43. Sponsored bike/scooter ride

44. Art competition with prizes for the best piece in each class/year

45. Online Crufts - prize for the cutest/best behaved dog

46. Online shop for crafts, clothes and uniform

47. Collect old clothes and sell to recycling organisations by weight

48. Local estate agents will pay £10/sign if people have their signs up 

49. Virtual balloon race

50. Hot chocolate and popcorn stand at the school gate

51. Online Bake Off competition

52. School Lottery - See Your School Lottery

53. Put together a book of favourite recipes and sell it 

Anytime of Year - commission

54. Set up an Amazon Gift List

55. Easyfundraising - money back everytime somebody clicks through and shops online

56. Amazon Smile (if the school/PTA is a registered charity)

57. Start a Just Giving page and tell people what you're fundraising for and share the link in the newsletter

50+ Easy Fundraising Ideas for School Libraries

1st November 2020

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