2015 was Project Cicero Bay Area’s inaugural year in the Bay Area, and it is modeled after the very successful book drive, Project Cicero, in New York City. Since its inception 18 years ago, Project Cicero in New York City has distributed over 3 million new and gently used books to more than 30,000 NYC classrooms, reaching over 750,000 students. Please visit to learn more about the history of Project Cicero.

Project Cicero Bay Area collects new and gently used books for toddlers, children and young adults. Books must be in new or excellent condition. We need early readers through high school fiction and all non-fiction (including reference books, biographies, science and math), both hardcover and paperback. Picture books and board books are also welcome. Reference materials should be current. Project Cicero Bay Area does not accept discards from school libraries, textbooks or books for adults.

Project Cicero Bay Area encourages children to help children. Student coordinators at each of the participating schools aided by parents and faculty, organize and advertise the collection of the books. Students are also involved in the set up and distribution of the books. Students may receive community service recognition for their participation.

If your school is not involved, and you would like it to be, please e-mail us at Each participating school is asked to appoint one or more students, parents and faculty members to coordinate the drive. Representatives will be given communications material, electronic flyers and posters for their school.