Give Back, Give Books
Give Back, Give Books gives books to city school students to take home or for city school libraries. Launched in 2006, we accept and distribute new
books, encourage exciting literacy events with book distributions, and engage community members. We have collected and distributed more than 40,000 new books to city students and to city school libraries.
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REF distributes most of the books through our Teachers' Choice application process. We offer new books to Rochester City School District educators serving city students.
We are accepting applications for up to 200 new books, or 100 special-order books, beginning Sept. 29, 2017 through Oct. 31, 2017. Rochester city or charter school teachers only may apply.
Our theme this year is "Planet Earth: A Wide World of Reading." We will take a broad approach to the theme - this could include political, geographical, ecological, cultural or other themes related to our planet. Applicants do not need to use this theme, but those who do receive a few extra points in the selection process.
This year, educators can also apply to get class subscriptions to quality children's magazines thanks to the Gannett Foundation.
To apply, please go to: http://bit.ly/2xLo1TO
Click here for the list of 2016-2017 recipients.
Teachers' Choice applicants may use books in projects supporting literacy such as student book clubs, parent-child reading events and other activities or events. Most books donated for teacher projects are required to be given to students for their home libraries by the end of the school year. Educators can choose to keep a class set.
Participating students and teachers have responded enthusiastically. As a teacher directing a high school student book club at lunchtime noted: "They were very excited to see what books were available, especially those in a series ... They used each other as resources and engaged in conversation about the books."
We accept new books and the funds to buy more books. REF encourages companies and organizations to conduct drives for new books. Book drives for Give Back, Give Books have been conducted by M&T Bank, Kodak's Corporate Business Research Division, the University Health Service of the University of Rochester, St. John Fisher College and Empire Justice Center.
Sound interesting? We'll be happy to work with you on a book or fundraising campaign of your own to encourage this positive support of student reading.
We'll give the books away or we will work with your group, class or business if you would like to give the books personally to students at a city school.
Did you know that...
- Many city school students do not have books at home.
- The average fiction book in city school libraries was about 20 years old when we started our program a decade ago.
- Providing books to children and school libraries is a proven way to help students become more successful academically and in the future.
Support the Program
Use the button at right to make a donation in support of REF and Give Back, Give Books.
Teachers' Choice is supported by REF's donors and by grants from the Gannett Foundation, Fund to Benefit Gretchen's Kids, the Ames Amzalak Charitable Foundation, REF supporters and in-kind support from donors including students from Siena Catholic Academy.
Help us make a difference.
Would you like to:
- launch a drive in your school, business or organization?
- support the campaign with a donation?
You'll find all that and more on the Give Back, Give Books website: