KPMG Builds 'Chicago Water Tower' With 2,000 Books To Be Distributed To Deserving Children During The Holidays

Structure to be completed Friday, Dec. 7.

Dec 07, 2012, 10:00 ET from KPMG LLP

CHICAGO, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is creating a replica of the Chicago Water Tower that is made of new children's books as part of Operation Bookitecture, the firm's holiday community service project and book drive.  The 9x18 foot Water Tower is on display in the Aon Center and is composed of 2,000 books.  Nearly 4,200 books in total will be donated as part of the overall effort.

The final books will be placed atop the structure by KPMG employees on December 7. The structure will be dismantled on December 7. Books will then be donated to the Chicago Public School Department of Libraries, with a focused distribution on fourteen deserving schools, to promote early childhood literacy in the community.


KPMG's Family for Literacy team


Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 11:00 a.m.


200 East Randolph, Chicago, IL.

Media Contacts:  

Barbara Gam, KPMG LLP, 312-665-2756,

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have 145,000 professionals, including more than 8,000 partners, in 152 countries.

About KPMG's Family for Literacy
The (KFFL) program has distributed nearly 2 million new books in more than 90 communities.  Consistent with the firm's focus on youth and education, and understanding that the toughest roadblock to children's literacy in low-income communities is a lack of books, in 2007 we established KPMG's Family for Literacy. Managed in collaboration with the non-profit organization First Book, KPMG's Family for Literacy provides new books to children in need.  In addition to raising money for KPMG's Family for Literacy, KPMG's dedicated volunteers visit classrooms, read to children, and personally put new books into the hands of children -- in many cases, the first books their families have ever owned.

About KPMG's Family for Literacy Chicago (KFFL)
Over the past two years, KPMG in Chicago has distributed nearly 25,000 books to students in the community through KFFL, including books to every Chicago Public School kindergarten classroom.