Project Cicero

project_cicero_logoBy George Hunka

If your children’s bookshelves are beginning to fill to overflowing, you’re in luck. PS 150 will be collecting books for Project Cicero from March 4 through March 7.

According to the project’s Web site, “Project Cicero is an annual non-profit book drive designed to create and and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools. Since its inception in 2001, Project Cicero has distributed more two million new and gently used books to more than 11,000 New York City classrooms and school libraries, reaching over 500,000 students. We receive donations from more than 100 independent, public, and parochial schools each year, and also receive generous contributions from many publishers.”

What kinds of books are wanted?  New and gently used hardcover and paperback books for children and young adults, including picture books, early readers, reference books, test prep, fiction, nonfiction and biographies.

What kinds of books aren’t wanted? Textbooks, adult books, library discards, or reference books more than five years old.

Why not make it a project over the midwinter break to sit down with your kids and weed out those shelves — and distribute the unwanted books to those in need? It’s a great way to make room for more. But please wait until March 4 before bringing them to PS 150, which will have no place to store them until then.

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