Worcester Book Drive Aiming for 50,000 Donations this Year

 by TWIW StaffMarch 25, 2019

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WORCESTER - Worcester: the City that Reads Committee is celebrating its 14th Annual Book Drive this Spring and is setting its sights on collecting 50,000 books over the next few months.

The book drive -- with its theme of "Spring into Books" -- will run from the final week of March until May 20. Over the past 13 years, the committee has collected over 650,000 books and hopes to reach the 700,000 pinnacle this Spring. Last year, the drive brought in more than 35,000 children's books.

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According to Committee co-founder and Worcester school committee member John Monfredo, this year's drive has already been promised 4,500 new books from the Houghton Mufflin Harcourt publishing company.

This year's books -- once collected and sorted -- will be distributed to the schools during “Reading In Our City Week" initiated by the Committee during the week of June 10.

The Committee was founded by John and Anne-Marie Monfredo  fourteen years ago in an attempt to promote literacy in the community, put books into the hands of  children who lack books in their homes, and to promote the importance of being a life time reader.

“According to the research on literacy, studies clearly indicate that children in homes that have books are more likely to succeed in school, while children who don’t have adequate reading skills are much more likely to drop out of school.  One study found that the ability to read well is the single best indicator of future economic success – regardless of family background,” John Monfredo said.

Anne-Marie Monfredo, a former teacher said, “We started this committee to encourage the children in our community to develop a love for reading and to put books into the hands of those who have so few.  As the former secretary of education Richard Riley stated years ago, 'If every child were read to daily, from infancy, it would revolutionize education in this country.'"

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Traditionally, the books have been distributed to low-income students, social agencies, and groups with summer school programs.  In addition, books have also been given to schools and groups during the school year for special projects such as a start up library at a school, AVID programs, innovation school projects, SPED, two-way bilingual schools, and all HEAD START and  pre-school schools.

Books last year were also given to Plumley Village,  Rainbow Child Development, the African Education Institute, Worcester Housing, the Y.W.C.A., Y.M.C.A., all private and public pre-school programs, Head Start,  Books for Babies program, as well as  to church groups with summer reading programs, United Way programs and to  many other social agencies.

More drop off sites have been added this year as well as more groups have come forward and are conducting their own book drives for the cause.

Please donate a new or gently used books, Pre-kindergarten to grade 8, at the following sites from now  to May 15,

  • People’s United People’s Bank ( (all five city branches in Worcester)
  • Worcester Public Library .. only during the month of April due to construction
  • Bay State Savings Bank (all branches)
  • TD Bank  located on West Boylston Street
  • Stop and Shop on Lincoln Street
  • Stop and Shop on Grafton Street
  • Stop and Shop on West Boylston Street
  • Shaws Market on West Boylston Street
  • RSVP and the Senior Center on Vernon Street
  • Worcester Credit Union – on West Boylston Street
  • Starbucks Coffee at 41 Park Ave.
  • Austin Liquor at Gold Star Blvd
  • Jewish Community Center on Salisbury Street
  • Greendale YMCA
  • Main Street YMCA
  • YWCA
  • Bagel Inn on Main Street in Holden, Ma.
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital at the entrance door on Summer Street
  • Summit Elder Care on Grafton Street
  • Worcester Public Schools Superintendent’s Office – 20 Irving Street
  • Anne’s Books Shop on James Street in Worcester
  • Eco Tarium in Worcester
  • UMass Memorial Hospital – Belmont Street
  • UMass Medical – Plantation Street

In addition, the following businesses and organizations will be having their own book drive in an attempt to assist the children of Worcester. 

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Reliant Medical  Group on Plantation Street in Worcester
  • Worcester Public School High Schools… Burncoat High, Doherty High, North High, South High,  Claremont Academy, University Park Campus and Worcester Technical High. Also, Forest Grove and Burncoat Middle Schools
  • Bancroft School
  • St. Peter-Marion
  • Holy Name High School
  • St. John’s High School
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Worcester Academy
  • Venerini Academy
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Hanover Insurance
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Little leagues of Worcester
  • UNUM insurance
  • Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Wilson Language Training Center
  • The following colleges and universities: WPI, Holy Cross College, Becker College, Worcester State University, Anna Maria College, Assumption College, and Mass. College of Pharmacy, and  Salter College, and Quinsigamond Community College.
  • AFL/CIO Labor
  • Northboro Junior Women’s Club
  • Summit Elder Care on Grafton Street
  • Worcester Railers Hockey
  • Salvation Army in Worcester


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