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40,000 Books for Kids In Syracuse


“So many of our kids have access to books at the library, but rarely do they have a book of their own.  In many homes, a book would represent a real luxury item.” – Kevin Ahern, President, Syracuse Teacher’s Association

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Volunteers from the American Federation of Teachers help First Book Book Bank staff pack and organize books for distribution at the First Book National Book Bank Warehouse in Baltimore, MD, December 4, 2013.

Today’s guest blog post is by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on the importance of ensuring all educators and students have the books they need for back to school.  As an educator, there’s nothing quite like

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices, First Book Partners, Thought Leaders

Affected by Hurricane Sandy? First Book Can Help You Get New Books.

First Book and Hurricane Sandy relief

Click here (or on the flyer above) to sign up! Feel free to share this link, or download the graphic and share.  

Posted in Opportunities for You

15,000 New Books on the National Mall, Plus Celebrities, Cabinet Secretaries and Cute Kids

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On Saturday, volunteers from across the country joined First Book on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate President Obama’s National Day of Service by providing 15,000 brand-new books to DC-area children from low-income families. Click here to see

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Partners, KPMG, Virtual Book Drives, Volunteers

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.

Posted in Book Relief

Teachers Join Forces With First Book: Weingarten Challenges AFT Members to Give Five Million Books to Kids in Need

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This is our new challenge. Today I am calling on AFT members to partner with First Book to distribute five million new books this year to students in need. — Randi Weingarten, AFT president First Book was in Detroit over

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Teachers

New Books! First Book Joins Forces With Cincinnati Teachers

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“We’re taking a stand with our friends at the American Federation of Teachers to make sure kids in Cincinnati get the help they need — from all of us — to succeed. More than anyone, teachers understand the transformative power

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Teachers

Reconnecting McDowell: First Book Joins the Effort to Rescue a West Virginia Community

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“Our kids don’t get to have dreams, aspirations, hopes. They can’t even think about college; it’s not in their minds. That’s why these books are so important. Books are the beginning of everything. You learn about other places, you learn

Posted in Education, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Teachers, Volunteers

Wanted: West Virginia Volunteers

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First Book has been working hard to get new books to West Virginia kids this year. We distributed over 300,000 books to children from low-income families, and we joined forces with the American Federation of Teachers to ensure that those

Posted in Advisory Boards, Teachers, Volunteers