First Book at RCBC

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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, Rowan College at Burlington County 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.


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.  RCBC is excited to announce another distribution of books in May 2018.  The deadline to be included in this distribution is April 30.  Programs that register after the deadline will be considered for future distributions only.  Programs that registered in past years do not need to re-register.  The college will contact registered organizations in early May to schedule book pick up times and discuss book quantity.

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