Project Cicero is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with its primary goal to enhance classroom and school libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools.

How Project Cicero works

Project Cicero collects new and gently used books for children and young adults.  Primarily, Project Cicero receives books from families with children in 100+ New York City independent, public and parochial schools.

Collected books are transported to the Hotel Pennsylvania where hundreds of student, parent and teacher volunteers unpack, sort, and display the books. Qualified teachers from  under-resourced schools pre-register online to attend the annual distribution.

Project Cicero encourages children to help children. Each year, hundreds of students have helped to make Project Cicero a success. Student coordinators at each of the participating schools, aided by parents and faculty, organize and advertise the collection of the books. Volunteer students can receive community service recognition for their participation.

Project Cicero operates under an all-volunteer board and without dedicated fundraising initiatives.

If your school or business would like to participate in Project Cicero, just e-mail us at  info@ProjectCicero.org.

Executive Committee

Susan Robbins, Chair

Lynn Abraham, Sabrina Allan, Stephanie Benson, Victoria Weld Bergstrom, Elizabeth Bracken, Michelle Cherande,  Andrea Labov Clark, Britt Densmore, Robin Easton, Roz Walrath, Susan Fisher, Joan Fishman, Penny Gorman, Donna Gray, Randi Levy, Ellen Hay Newman, Christy Porter, Cynthia Rothman, Mathilde Sanson, Amy Schrader, Carrie Silberman, Chang Spaide, Linda Rothenberg Stein, Jennifer Wendy

Laureine Greenbaum, Silda Wall – Co-Chairs Emeritus


Laureine Greenbaum, Susan Robbins, Silda Wall, Fawn White with Children for Children Foundation, now part of generationOn.

Professional Advisory Committee

 Sara Holliday, Susan Vincent Molinaro, Morgan Boyle- New York Society Library; Jennifer Hanley-Leonard –  New York City Teaching Fellows; Danielle Gregori – Trinity School

Student Co-Chairs

Abby Beckler – Horace Mann, James Bergstrom – St. Hilda’s & St Hugh’s, Cassie Clark – Dalton,  Ryan Easton – Dalton, Brooks Galbraith – Dalton, Kevin Ryan – Regis, Claire Maleeney – Avenues, Hannah Schrader – La Guardia, and Elizabeth Shah – Trinity.

Major Supporters

The New York Society Library* Founded in 1754, the NYSL is the oldest Library in New York and is open to all for reading and reference with circulation by subscription. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the New York Society Library, Project Cicero is entitled to 501(c)(3) benefits.

Vornado Realty Trust* Vornado provides the Distribution Center as well as boxes and extensive storage facilities.

News Corp and New York Post  underwrites book and box transportation.

Food donations for our 400+ volunteers have also been generously provided by Chobani, Citarella, Fresh Direct, Starbucks and Trader Joe’s.