Grand Street Settlement is Giving Away 16K Books Today and Saturday

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Summer reading lists at the ready!

The Grand Street Settlement, in partnership with the National Book Foundation, the New York City Housing Authority, and the New York Public Library, will be giving away 16,000 brand new books to Lower East Side youth this week. They’ll be distributing titles for ages 0-18 as part of the Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative, a collaboration between the National Book Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Libraries Council, and the National Center for Families Learning.

“We believe that everyone should experience the joy of reading, including our neighbors who might not readily have access to new books,” said Robert Cordero, Executive Director of Grand St. Settlement in a statement. The giveaway is part of a larger city initiative, in which 75,000 books have made it into the hands of NYCHA youths.

The two scheduled neighborhood events will include copies in both English and Spanish, and will offer books by beloved children’s and YA authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, Evelyn Coleman, Donald Crews, and Tomie dePaola, to name a few (now is a good a time as any to get your hands on a copy of Strega Nona).

National Book Awards authors are also available, including Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks, Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Mango, Abuela y yo by Meg Medina, The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson, and Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.

It’s happening today at Rutgers Community Center (200 Madison St., New York. NY 10007) from 3:00-5:30pm, and Saturday, June 16 (80 Pitt St., New York, NY 10002) from 12:30pm-4:00pm.

“We firmly believe that the wonder and excitement of books are for everyone,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “Access to those books—new, quality books that readers are able to take home and keep—is a strong foundation on which to build a rich, enthusiastic, life-long relationship with reading.”

Truth. Get there.

Recent Stories

Anti-Amazon Stickers Slapped on Subway Etiquette Signs

Anti-Amazon attitude is at a fever pitch barely a week after the online retail conglomerate announced that half its second headquarters (HQ2) would be situated in Long Island City. Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and real estate speculators are all equally salivating over the deal, which will see an influx of 25,000 employees and create […]

Under Legal Threat, MoMaCha Tea Shop on the Bowery Becomes ‘MaMaCha’

Within the last couple weeks, and under fire, the MoMaCha tea room on the Bowery changed its full branding and identity. Henceforth, the business is now morphed to the homophone, MaMaCha. Though, not voluntarily. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) filed a lawsuit almost immediately after the art-focused cafe opened back in April. Then, last […]

DOB Approves ABC No Rio Passive House on Rivington Street

ABC No Rio – in its former punk rock incarnation at 156 Rivington Street – was demolished back in April 2017. Its long-overdue rebirth as sleek “passive house” is one major step closer to reality. Since takedown of the century-old tenement two years ago, the lot has been dormant while action transpired behind the scenes. […]

Punk Couple ‘Dennis and Lois’ Dish on their 40-Year Love Affair with Music [INTERVIEW]

New York couple Dennis and Lois consume concerts at the same frenetic pace as many of the acts they see perform their sets (sometimes they see four shows a week, sometimes it’s brief overnight stint in Manchester). They are the ultimate punk fans, a lifetime music-driven couple. And the best kind of cool – matter […]

Yesterday’s Snowfall Toppled Trees Around the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Yesterday’s late-fall snowstorm (aka “Snowvember”) had trees falling around the Lower East Side. Over on Norfolk Street, the weight of the wet snow-pack toppled several large limbs at around 5pm, smashing into parked cars and blocking southbound traffic below Stanton Street. (Video below.) Firefighters quickly responded with the chainsaws to clear the debris. One person […]