Category Archives: The Books at Home Program

2015 Books at Home Report

In 2015, the Trenton Books at Home Program distributed $5,909 worth of books to Trenton students.

The Books at Home Program provides free books to Trenton kids. Studies show that when kids have more books in their home, they do better in school—no matter how much they are struggling. You can see one such study from 2010 as published in Science Daily here http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100520213116.htm.

Books were handed out with the help of the Learning Lab of Trenton, UIH, DYFS family reading room, Ida’s neighborhood book club, PJ Hill, Green Acres and Life Gate Assembly Church.

If you would like to arrange for books to be made available to your Trenton youth group, contact me at book_cellar@mindspring.com.


2014 Books at Home Report

In 2014, the Trenton Books at Home Program distributed $4326 worth of books to Trenton students.

 

The Books at Home Program provides free books to Trenton kids. Studies show that when kids have more books in their home, they do better in school—no matter how much they are struggling. You can see one such study from 2010 as published in Science Daily here http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100520213116.htm.

 

Books were handed out with the help of the African American Pride Festival, the Carver Community Center, Ida Malloy’s neighborhood reading program, Isles Youth Build, BOYD, Children’s Futures, Kelli Mitchell’s Hoagies for the Homeless, the Butterfly Effect, Razor Sharp Barber Shop, the Capital City Community Coalition’s, Westminster’s GetSet program, Planned Parenthood, and teachers from Jefferson, Hedgepath, Paul Robeson, Trenton High School West, and the Foundation Academy.

 

Current major supporters include donors honoring the loving memory of Lois Dowey, The I Am Trenton Community Foundation, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, Home Rubber, and Children’s Futures.


The Annual Trenton Books at Home Program Fund Raiser

The Annual Trenton Books at Home Program Fund Raiser has arrived. The Books at Home Program provides free books to Trenton kids and donors like you have helped make that possible. In 2013, we distributed almost ten thousand dollars in books.We hope to beat that this year.Studies show that when kids have more books in their home, they do better in school—no matter how much they are struggling. You can see one such study from 2010 as published in Science Daily here http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100520213116.htm.

In 2013, Classics Books were able to distribute $9,871 worth of books to Trenton students through the Books at Home Program.

Books were handed out with the help of Carver Community Center, Kids R First Daycare, Catholic Charities, Camp Read, Planned Parenthood, the Reading for Success program, Mill Hill Child and Family Development, Passage Theatre after school program, and teachers at Robbins School, the Gregory School, Foundation Academy, Washington Elementary, Trenton High School West, TCHS, Stokes Elementary, Wilson, PJ Hill, and Hedgepath.

Current major supporters include Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson and Children’s Futures.

The Trenton Books at Home Program has been recognized by the Trenton Public Education Foundation and the Isles Sprit of Community Award.

How You Can Help
If you would like to donate, here are the details.

If you would like your donation to be tax deductable

Monetary donations can be made by mailing checks or money orders to Classics, 4 West Lafayette, Trenton NJ 08608. Make the check out to our partners at Children’s Futures, Inc, with “Classics Books at Home Program” in the subject line. Children’s Futures is a 501c3 non-profit and these donations are tax deductible.

If you would like an easy way to donate (that is NOT tax deductable), donate through GoFundMe here–http://www.gofundme.com/8ufqf0

Thank you for all your support!

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Thank Yous from Classics Books

Thank you to Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson for your continued supportof the Books at Home Program.

Thank you to mayoral candidate  Walker M Worthy Jr. and Lisa Willever for donating five boxes of brand new kids books to the Trenton Books at Home Program, which provides free books to Trenton kids.

Thanks to the Westminster Community Life Center for their donation of $100 in store credit to the Trenton Books at Home Program.

Thank you Kelli Mitchell, Carver Community Center and Planned Parenthood for distributing books to Trenton kids in the past month.

Thank you to Todd Evans, Megan Iurilli, Barbara Keogh and Najah Mausi for hosting the monthly Capital City Open Mic, Board Games Club, Scrabble Saturdays and Trenton Knit and Stitch, respectively.


2013 Books at Home Report

In 2013, Classics Books distributed $9,871 worth of books to Trenton students through the Books at Home Program.

The Trenton Books at Home Program distributes free books to Trenton kids. Studies show that the more books a student has in their home, the better they do in school and the longer they stay in school. (See Science Daily article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100520213116.htm).

Books were handed out with the help of Carver Community Center, Kids R First Daycare, Catholic Charities, Camp Read, Planned Parenthood, the Reading for Success program, Mill Hill Child and Family Development, Passage Theatre after school program, and teachers at Robbins School, the Gregory School, Foundation Academy, Washington Elementary, Trenton High School West, TCHS, Stokes Eleementary, Wilson, PJ Hill, Hedgepath.

Current major supporters include Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, Councilwoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, former Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, and Children’s Futures.

Monetary donations can be made by bringing checks or money orders to Classics, made out to our partners at Children’s Futures. Inc, with “Classics Books at Home Program” in the subject line.
Children’s Futures is a 501c3 non-profit and these cash donations are tax deductable.

 


New study says books at home increases educational attainment

Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics.
For years, educators have thought the strongest predictor of attaining high levels of education was having parents who were highly educated. But, strikingly, this massive study showed that the difference between being raised in a bookless home compared to being raised in a home with a 500-book library has as great an effect on the level of education a child will attain
Knowing this, Classics Books & Gifts provides FREE books for the home libraries of Trenton kids. Information about the Trenton Books at Home Program, including how to donate, can be found at
http://www.classicsusedbooks.com/?page_id=13
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June 8th: Trenton Books at Home Fundraiser

with Narubi Seelah, Wenonah Brooks, Esther DeCew, Daniel Robinson, Annabelle Quezada, La Shea Delaney

Hosted by Darren Freedom Green.

Saturday, June 8. 12 to 6 pm.

Support the Trenton Books at Home Program, which provides FREE books for Trenton kids.

Performing will be

  • 12 noon: jazz diva Wenonah Brooks
  • 2 pm: HBO Def Poet Narubi Seelah
  • 3 pm: world-class origami whiz Daniel Robinson
  • 5 pm: performers Annabelle Quezada and La Shea Delaney
  • 6 pm: belly dancer Esther DeCew

Donations to the Books at Home program are encouraged.

Learn about the Books at Home Program here: http://www.classicsusedbooks.com/?page_id=13

 


2012 Trenton Books at Home Report

The Trenton Books at Home program, which distributes free books to Trenton kids, gave out $4,412 worth of books in 2012.

The program was made possible by our fiscal sponsor Children’s Futures and generous donations from people, including The Fund for Public Schools, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, Councilwoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and former Mayor Doug Palmer.

Many books would be picked up by Trenton kids at the store including kids from Kilmer, Parker, Trenton Central High School, Village Charter, Trenton High West, PJ Hill, and Robbins.  Other books were distributed by partners like A Better Way, the Children’s Futures Holiday Book and Toy Drive, Mill Hill Aftercare, a book distribution center at Trenton High West and teachers throughout the Trenton school district.

 


Art, Authors and Belly Dancing: A Trenton Books at Home Fundraiser

Saturday, June 2, 2012.4:00pm until 8:00pm.

Tamara Ramos’ Gallery on the Go, in coordination with Classics Used and Rare Books, is having a fund raiser for the Trenton Books at Home Program on Saturday June 2nd from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The program will include art installations centered around great works of literature,… including the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss and the 1001 Arabian Nights. Artists include Will Kasso, Leon Rainbow, Craig Shofeld, Andrew Wilkenson and others.

Langston Hughes poetry to be read by Trenton’s own Geraldine R. Dodge poet, Doc Long at 5 pm.

Belly dancing performance, for the 1001 Arabian Nights, by Esther DeCew at 6 pm.

In addition, we will line the streets with local authors, each of whom will be selling and reading from their books. Authors include Louise Barton, Tika Bernadette, Karen Boyce, Todd CC Evans, Thierry Lundy, Jon Naar and Tracey Syphax.

The Books at Home Program provides FREE books for Trenton kids. Last year, with your help, we distributed almost $10,000 worth of books to kids in Trenton’s struggling school district. We hope to double that again this year. For more information about the program, visit http://www.classicsusedbooks.com/?page_id=13.

There is no suggested dollar amount for the fundraiser. If you can give, give what you feel comfortable giving. If you can’t, please still come and have a good time!

If you are able to give, checks should be made out to “Children’s Future” and have “Trenton Books at Home” in the memo line. Children’s Future is a 501c3 non-profit and these cash donations are tax deductable.

Sponsors for this event include former Mayor Douglas Palmer, Councilwoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell Wilson and Children’s Futures.

For more information, contact Eric Maywar at book_cellar@mindspring.com.


2011 Books at Home Report

The Trenton Books at Home Program distributed almost $10,000 worth of books to Trenton kids in 2011. 

Studies show that when kids have more books in their home libraries, they do better in school. Classics Used and Rare Books, 117 South Warren Street, raises store credit and money to make books available for all Trenton kids.  In a struggling school district, this is one thing everybody can do to help kids succeed.

Through a partnership with local groups, Classics distributed $9,955 worth of books to Trenton students in 2011.  Distribution partners include Robbins Elementary School, Trenton Head Start, the City of Trenton Heritage Days committee, the Trenton African American Pride Festival committee, Stokes School, Kids R First Daycare, Columbus School, the Cuyler Avenue Preschool, the Kingsbury Towers King and Hodges Learning Center, Delta Sigma, Bruce Boyd, the YWCA Preschool, the Garvey School, Trenton Central High School Doc Long poetry class, Passage Theatre after school program and Children’s Futures.

Though most donations came in the form of donated store credit, we would like to thank our monetary sponsors.  With fiscal sponsorship from Children’s Futures, monetary support in 2011 came from Black Rock Financial, Content Trenton, Home Rubber, Hutchinson, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, former Mayor Douglas Palmer, Love Thy Neighbor Community Development and Opportunity Corporation, the Contemporary and many individual donors.

If you have any further questions, please email Eric at book_cellar@mindspring.com or visit www.classicsusedbooks.com.

Here’s the breakdown per distribution partners

  • Robbins Elementary Parent Teacher Conference and Board of Education Parent Workshop          1624
  • Trenton Head Start                                         1321
  • City of Trenton Heritage Days                     1316
  • Trenton African American Pride Festival                917
  • Stokes School (Paula Jones)                        649
  • Kids R First Daycare                                         413
  • Columbus School Read Across America Day         399
  • Cuyler Avenue Preschool                             213
  • Kingsbury Towers King and Hodges Learning Center        177
  • Classics Books at Home Fundraiser           123
  • Delta Sigma Reading Adventure Program              73
  • BOYD                                                                     65
  • YWCA Preschool                                               63
  • Garvey School Preschool                              60
  • Trenton Central High School Doc Long poetry class           60
  • Robbins Elementary School                         39
  • Passage Theatre after school program   35
  • Children’s Futures Christmas Drive          12

Some kids and their families pick books up directly from the store.  Here is a breakdown of those students

  • Parker School kids                                           290
  • Washington Elementary kids                      193
  • Downtown families                                         161
  • Daylight Twilight student                              65
  • East Ward families                                           52
  • TCHS students                                                   38
  • Trenton Community Charter School mom             33
  • MCCC Jumpstart student                             33
  • Emily Fischer students                                   25
  • Mill Hill family                                                    18
  • Center Street Pre-school student             11
  • Village Charter School kids                           9
  • Other individual parents and kids             1468

 


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