10th Annual Harlem Holiday Book Drive Benefiting Families In Shelters

December 1, 2021

The heartwarming holiday experience you’ve been waiting for–Total Equity Now’s 10th Annual Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive–is here!

Today through Thursday, 12/16, join Total Equity Now and our outstanding community partners in bringing reading-infused joy, hope, and inspiration to children and families living in Harlem shelters, havens for victims of domestic violence, and other transitional-living facilities.

It’s easy:

  1. Gather brand-new/gift-quality books.
  2. Confirm the business hours of the nearest partner location.
  3. Drop off your reading treasures. (Don’t forget your mask!)

Last December, thanks to your generosity and collaboration, we reached a new milestone: 23,800+ gift-quality books donated in just nine years.


This year, we aim to deliver at least 2,022 books in time to make the holidays–and 2022–a little brighter for our neighbors.

2021 Holiday Book Drive Donation-Site Partners:

1619 Amsterdam Ave. (at 140th)
1230 5th Ave. (between 104th & 105th)
85 E. 125th St. (between Park & Madison)
84 W. 120th St. (between Lenox & Mt. Morris Park West)
409 W. 125th St. (between Morningside & Amsterdam)
2180 3rd Ave. (between 118th & 119th)
1942 Amsterdam Ave. (at 156th)
525 W. 120th St. (between Broadway & Amsterdam)
160 Convent Ave. (between 135th & 140th), Marshak Science Bldg.
1965 7th Ave. (between 118th & 119th)
91 Claremont Ave. (between 120th & 122nd)
(*) = Open only to this location’s students, faculty, and staff.
Please note that donations of books to the Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive are not tax deductible at this time. Thank you in advance for contributing to this volunteer-driven project.

Some say “it takes a village”; we say it takes a Harlem.


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Happy Holidays!
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