Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, pre and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its fifteenth year of operation, Project Cicero distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed 2.3 million books into more than 12,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 550,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City.
Mandell is joining Project Cicero in collecting new and gently used books for children and young adults from Monday, March 6 through March 10, 2017. Books must be in new or excellent condition. We need early readers through high school fiction and all non-fiction (including reference books, biographies, science and math), both hardcover and paperback. Picture books are also welcome. Reference materials should be current. Project Cicero does not accept discards from school libraries, textbooks or books for adults. For more information, visit www.projectcicero.org.