News

Cicero Modeled Overseas

Project Cicero was selected as the model for Bookwave, an annual nonprofit book drive in Athens, Greece. The annual event is held at the Benaki Museum in partnership with the Bodossaki Foundation and Library4all. Bookwave‘s aim is to collect books for elementary school libraries and childcare institutions in Athens and Attica, Greece. We wish them many years of success.

Project Cicero Reaches Two Million Mark

Project Cicero was thrilled to distribute its two millionth book at the March 2013 annual event. More than 1,200 teachers from under-resourced NYC schools selected hundreds of books for their classrooms. Many thanks to our partners—The New York Society Library, Vornado Realty Trust, Teach for America, New York Post—and the hundreds of schools, organizations, and volunteers who supported our event this year.

Donation of Books By Storyteller Diane Wolkstein

Project Cicero is grateful for a generous contribution of books from the estate of Diane Wolkstein. Wolkstein was a storyteller, a folklorist and the author of 23 books. She revived the art of telling stories, concentrating on the folklore and mythology of countries all over the world. She was the official New York City storyteller from 1968-1971, establishing the Saturday tradition of telling stories at the foot of the Hans Christian Anderson statue in Central Park. Ms. Wolkstein helped found Bank Street College’s graduate storytelling program and was a visiting teacher of mythology at NYU. Project Cicero is honored to share her wonderful works with our participants.

Morgan Stanley Contributes

We thank Morgan Stanley for hosting employee book drives at their New York City headquarters and for organizing dozens of volunteers who assisted at the distribution site.  Morgan Stanley also organized a “virtual” book drive, which raised more than $4,000 for new books through First Book.

Project Cicero—a Major Reuser/Recycler

Project Cicero is proud to be recognized as a major reuser/recyler in New York City in the Materials Exchange Development Program’s Reuse Study prepared by The City College of New York and funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

John’s Bar Mitzvah

In March, John Froehlich celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. As part of that celebration, he asked guests to support Project Cicero in lieu of gifts. We appreciate the generosity of John and his family.

Grant to Project Cicero

Project Cicero is a recipient of a grant from The Lemberg Foundation and Esme Usdan.

Filling Schools With Books

The Wall Street Journal commended the efforts of Susan Robbins and Laureine Greenbaum in the creation of Project Cicero. The article highlighted the inspiration of the program, the dedication of the volunteer staff, and outlined the frenzy of activity that takes place leading up to and on the day of the event.

Young To Publishing Group

A group of young executives from Young to Publishing Group in New York City volunteered at Project Cicero’s annual event. Here is a first-hand account of their experience.

The Second Life of School Books

Teachers stocked up at Project Cicero’s book drive. The Wall Street Journal took a look at the process from the truck to the classroom.