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A Bucket Full of Change

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Hurricane Sandy caused much devastation to the East Coast. Families lost their homes, buildings were heavily damaged and countless children, families and schools lost libraries full of books. The students at Union Elementary School in Farmington, CT, decided to take

Posted in Book Relief, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy

First Book and AFT Bring a Truckload of Books to Hurricane Sandy Victims

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Last night, four First Book employees, with help from American Federation of Teachers’ volunteers, ventured to a small alley in the financial district of New York City to unload, label and sort 30,000 children’s books for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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New Books for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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As first-responders are working to provide these families with electricity, water, and other critical resources, First Book—in partnership with our local volunteers and partners—is raising funds to restock school and home libraries. After distributing more than 5 million books in

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Book Relief

Mary Pope Osborne and Random House Provide 4,000 New Books to Children in New Orleans

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Mary Pope Osborne, author of the popular children’s book series, Magic Tree House, and Random House Children’s Books teamed up with First Book to provide 4,000 books to children in need in 27 Recovery School District schools in New Orleans

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Coming Soon to New Orleans: Mary Pope Osborne and Random House

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Mary Pope Osborne, author of the wildly popular Magic Tree House series, and Random House Children’s Books are teaming up with First Book to provide 4,000 books to children in 27 Recovery District schools in New Orleans. On Monday and

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Relief, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Philanthropy

Book Relief: More than 5 Million Books to the Gulf Coast

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On August 21, we wrapped up our two-year effort to bring five million new books to the communities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. We not only met but exceeded our goal, with a total of more than 5.1

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The Coast Guard and First Book

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Many of our book distributions would not be possible without the help of the U.S. Coast Guard. As the signature charity of the Coast Guard, First Book relies on their warehouse space and volunteers to help us distribute millions of

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A Book Relief Story

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Guest blogger Dr. Frances Weiler, is the principal of North Bay Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. August 29, 2005 changed the world — at least it changed my world. My home, my school, and my community were essentially

Posted in Book Recipients, Book Relief, Guest Blog Posts

New Orleans Book Distribution

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A sign in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, LA. View more photos from New Orleans onFirst Book’s Flickr Page I just got back from a week-long trip to New Orleans, and I don’t think I’ve come back the same

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Thank you, Kit!

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Kit arrives at her surprise party. It was with mixed emotions that the First Book staff gathered for a surprise farewell luncheon for our dear colleague, Kit Lunney. After four years at First Book, there was much to celebrate and

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Book Relief