Watch our recap video of Project Cicero Bay Area 2015, featuring teachers and student volunteers sharing their experiences.



Project Cicero Bay Area is a volunteer-run, annual children’s book drive designed to create and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced Bay Area public schools.

Project Cicero Bay Area completed its inaugural year in 2015. Through the help of families at participating donor schools and student volunteers in the past three years' book drives, we collected over 70,000 gently used pleasure reading books and distributed them to hundreds of teachers and other educators in the Bay Area’s most under-served public schools. Through the book drive, over 20,000 students gained access to new reading material.

This year, we will make a special focus on getting books to schools, libraries and other educational institutions that were adversely affected by the fires in Northern California. 

Project Cicero Bay Area will run its 2018 book drive March 5 through March 9. The book fair for teachers and other literacy educators will be held on Saturday, March 10.

Thank you to the many schools and their families who participated in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as donors. And, thank you to the many volunteers—students, parents, teachers, and other generous souls -- who assisted us in all aspects of collecting and distributing the books. We hope you can donate and participate in 2018's effort. 

In support of Project Cicero Bay Area's efforts to help schools adversely affected by the fires in Northern California, one of our partner organizations, Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco, is hosting a talk given by Greg Lucas, California State Librarian entitled "What the Hell is a 21st Century Library?" The event is free. Guests are asked to bring a children's book as a donation. The talk will be held March 7 at 6:30pm, at the Mechanics' Institute Library location, 57 Post St, San Francisco. Please go to for more information and to register for the talk.  


Project Cicero Bay Area is named in honor of the Roman writer, statesman, orator and philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero, who created extensive libraries in the first century B.C. He shared his love of literature and learning, just as Project Cicero Bay Area seeks to do. 

Project Cicero Bay Area is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and works in partnership with independent, parochial and public schools, All Stars Helping Kids, KIPP Bay Area Schools, Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco and Teach For America. The name Project Cicero is licensed from the New York Society Library which operates Project Cicero New York City, but is otherwise unrelated to Project Cicero Bay Area.  Our project is modeled after the program innovated in New York City in 2001.

Please visit for the history of Project Cicero.