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City of Philadelphia

Organize a Book Drive!


A Great Activity

Book drives are a fun way to bring people together for a good cause any time of the year.  Most people have children's books that family members have out-grown in closets, basements, garages and attics that can be cleared out and put to good use helping Philadelphia?s young readers. Individuals have utilized book drives to fulfill community service requirements, service learning projects, Girl Scout activities, and bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah components. 


Helps the Community

Books collected in book drives are distributed to schools and community organizations through the PHILADELPHIA READS Book Bank. Any teacher or community partner in the city can take up to 300 books over the course of the school year to enhance classroom libraries and reading corners. During the 2008-2009 school year, PHILADELPHIA READS distributed over 65,000 books. 


You Choose the Location

Book drives can be held in a place of employment, restaurant, faith community, elementary, middle or high school, college or university, social or civic organization, or neighborhood, and length can be determined by the sponsor.



This project involves generating participation, developing and posting flyers, sorting books, securing appropriate book collection site(s), setting up book collection bin (s), sorting through books to ensure they are in good condition & appropriate, and coordinating with PHILADELPHIA READS at the end of the drive for book delivery/pick‑up. PHILADELPHIA READS will provide the book bins if needed.  Anyone with the energy and commitment to plan and follow through with projects is ideal.


Donation Requirements

PHILADELPHIA READS only accepts new or gently used books for children in preschool through 8th grade.  In addition to books, we also collect NEW school supplies such as journals, pencils/pens,crayons, penmanship books, etc.   We do NOT accept adult books, magazines, encyclopedias, workbooks, etc.

Let's make Philadelphia a city of readers!