Project Cicero NNJ is an annual non-profit book drive designed to create and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced New Jersey public schools.
Each year, schools in northern New Jersey host book collections. The books donated are for ages pre-school through 12th grade with strict requirements that they are in new or excellent condition. Trucks pick up the books from the donor schools and take them to the site of the book distribution where there are hundreds of student, parent, and teacher volunteers ready to sort and display the books. The next day, approximately 250 teachers come to the school with rolling suitcases and choose whichever books they want for their classrooms for free.
Project Cicero NNJ is operated by Turn the Page NNJ, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and works in partnership with public, parochial, and independent schools. The book drive is modeled after the program innovated in New York City in 2001. The name Project Cicero NNJ is licensed from the New York Society Library which operates Project Cicero New York City, but is otherwise unrelated to Project Cicero NNJ.