Project Cicero is busy re-imagining Project Cicero 2021. As Governor Cuomo would say, we will have to take a “pause” from our traditional and bustling distribution at the Hotel Pennsylvania. That said, in accordance with social distancing guidelines and our mission, we are exploring other distribution options, including working with local organizations, seeking a safe way to get books into the hands of NYC public school students. We will keep you apprised as we adjust Project Cicero 2021.

So looking forward to our Project Cicero 2022 distribution, more wonderful than ever!

Teacher FAQ (for 2022)

Q: Who is eligible to register for and attend Project Cicero?

A: New York City public school teachers who teach in schools that qualify for Title 1 benefits. Teachers from parochial and independent schools are NOT eligible to attend Project Cicero

Q: When can you attend Project Cicero to collect books for your classroom?

A: To attend you must register on Eventbrite for one scheduled time slot.

Q: What types of books does Project Cicero provide?

A: We collect gently used or new books from board books, early readers to High School level. We also receive brand new publisher books. The distribution site is organized by book categories:  Picture books, Early reader, Chapter books, High School fiction and subject tables of History/Biography/Social Studies, Reference books, Foreign language, Arts/Poetry/Drama/Music, Sports, Reading/Writing instructions and  Math/Science.

Q: Is there a limit on the books a teacher can bring home?

A: No limits overall: A teacher can take home as much as they can carry in their suitcase or bag. There are however some subjects where we need to limit books due to availability. 

Q: Will there be fewer books available if I have a time slot on Sunday rather than Saturday?

A: Every time slot is a good time slot. We replenish our selection of books before each time slot begins throughout the weekend, as sorting is continually in progress.

Q: Can I also volunteer and not just pick up books?

A: Yes, we welcome teacher volunteers but please sign up via our volunteer registration site for a time slot.