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    Fourty Thousand Books

    A generous grant from First Book, a non-profit literacy group in Washington, D.C. will bring 40,000 books to Erie!...

40,000 Book Giveaway, 2014


A generous grant from First Book, a non-profit literacy group in Washington, D.C. will bring 40,000 books to Erie!

Non-profit organizations that serve groups of children or youth from birth to age 18 are eligible to apply for books from this grant, provided that 70 percent of the children served by the organization are qualified as economically underprivileged by some objective criterion, such as qualifying for free or reduced school lunches, living in subsidized housing, receiving Access Cards, or some other criterion.

Qualified organizations include churches, public and private schools, Head Start programs, social service agencies, service clubs (Kiwanis, Shriners, etc.), libraries, museums, shelters, clinics, food banks, and many others.

In order to receive books, qualified organizations must register with First Book as recipient groups. There is no charge to register and no obligations on groups that do register. To qualify, teachers and non-profits must register with First Book at www.firstbook.org/registererie

The books will arrive at the Shred-X warehouse, 2952 West 22nd St. on or around October 6. Volunteers will unload and sort the books on October 8 and 9. Books will be distributed to teachers and non-profit groups from the Shered-X warehouse from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. Volunteers are needed to help unload a pack books. To learn how you or your group could volunteer, goto www.getconnectederie.org/aam/general

Teachers who register with First Book and whose classes contain 70% or more of needy students may choose up to 50 books for their classrooms. For details click here.

Non-profit groups who register with First Book and who serve 70% or more of needy children/youth may choose up to 250 books for the children/youth they serve. For details click here.

We invite you to register for this exciting event—the largest single book giveaway ever in Erie.