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First Book

What is First Book?

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new, high-quality books and resources to any school or program that works with kids in need. Together with its partners in the publishing industry they're committed to help educators and community leaders rebuild their libraries.

In March of 2014, Burlington County College worked with First Book, the African American Chamber of Commerce and New Jersey's Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks to bring 40,000 new quality books to children throughout New Jersey.

We are thrilled to announce that First Book is returning for a second year and also partnering with Mercer County Community College!


How to Get Free Books

First Book empowers educators with an unprecedented choice of high quality books and materials. Their resources help to:

  • Elevate the quality of literacy programs
  • Enrich the learning experience for children in need
  • Enable teachers to create new curricula
  • Impart a love of reading to children

Groups are eligible if they serve a large number of military, disabled or low-income children. Organizations that serve 70 percent of children that meet any combination of those criteria are qualified to sign up with First Book. Other groups serving a lower percentage will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about eligibility, click here.

Interested organizations are invited to visit to register for this program and determine eligibility. The deadline to be included in the March 2015 distribution has passed.  Programs that register after the deadline will be considered for future distributions only.  Programs that registered last year do not need to re-register.  The college will contact registered organizations in February 2015 to schedule book pick up times and discuss book quantity.

Groups that participate in BCC’s First Book initiative may receive solicitations from First Book. Under this BCC project, qualified groups do not have to purchase anything to receive their free books this spring.


The First Book Newsroom

First Book Press Release Photo

Photo ID (from left): Glenn Lang, Assistant N.J. Secretary of Higher Education, Burlington County Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly,
BCC Vice President of Student Success Terrence Hardee, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey President & CEO
John E. Harmon, Sr., BCC Vice President of Special Projects Beverly Richardson, BCC President David Hespe, First Book Director
of Partner Development Veronica Creech and educator Stedman Graham.


Burlington County College Unveils Initiative to Deliver 40,000 Books to Children in Need
Burlington County College Press Release
Release Date: September 3, 2013
To download the press release, click here.

BCC Turns a Chapter with Book Donation
Burlington County Times
Release Date: March 18, 2014
To view the article, click here.

CAMPUS LIFE: BCC Effort Expands Kids' Access to Books
Release Date: March 22, 2014
To view the article, click here.

Local Community Members Help Bring Books to Base
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Pres Release
Release Date: March 25, 2014
To view this press release, click here.