D2020 Person of the Week: Roz Blanck, creator of Bookstock

Posted at 9:30 AM, Apr 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 09:30:30-04

You may not see her, but Roz Blanck is looking out for metro Detroit students from behind the book shelf.

Her belief and passion became an effort known as Bookstock that Roz started 15 years ago. Now, it's grown with over 800 volunteers and almost 300,000 books going for a bargain.

"I think everybody has to know how to read, whether you read online or reading an actual book," she said.

At the annual event, the books are $1-$3 and children books are .50 cents.

"We've worked so hard all year long, people collecting books and sorting books, taking books from one location to the other," she said.

Every penny that comes in also goes right back into funding education and literacy programs that fully support students.

One of those groups is young tutors and mentors inside J.#. Clark Prep Academy from the AmeriCorps program City Year, better known as the kind of people in the red jackets.

"She's worked very hard on this project," Bookstock Co-Char Janet Berman said. "She saw something that I think people didn't."

Bookstock runs from April 23-30, 2017 at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. For more information, click here.