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Bring Us Your Books!

Monday, February 25, 2019

On March 9 and 10, over 1300 New York City public school teachers will spend part of their weekend cultivating their classroom library collections. These dedicated teachers will come to a hotel ballroom overflowing with children’s and young adult books donated to Project Cicero during our annual book drive. Upon arrival, teachers will browse the diverse selection to choose the books their students need, want, and will come to love as growing readers.

Now in its 19th year, Project Cicero has placed over 4 million books in 20,000 classrooms, reaching more than a million children. Named after the first-century Roman statesman, writer, orator, philosopher, and creator of libraries, Marcus Tullius Cicero, this annual book drive has been boosting the collections in school and classroom libraries in under-resourced NYC public schools for nearly two decades.

The Library is a proud participant in and sponsor of Project Cicero, and we need your help! Please donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books at the Library from Thursday, February 28 through Thursday, March 7. For more information please visit the Project Cicero website, including our Wish List. Every donation helps this worthy and literary cause.

We are also seeking volunteers to assist in the mass sorting of the books, which occurs throughout the weekend of March 8-10. If you are a strong middle school student or older and want to help us, please register to help us with this worthy cause. We greatly appreciate the donation of your time and effort.

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