The Book Bank

What is the Book Bank?

What It Is

The Book Bank, run by Reading Recycled, helps teachers and the community get books and resources for the children they serve. Educators are able to get up to 375 books per school year, as well as supplemental classroom supplies.

In addition, we provide vocational training for high school and college students, while exposing them to the importance of literacy and the power of “giving back.”

How It Works

The Book Bank is member supported through annual dues of just $25. In exchange for those dues, Book Bank Members receive up to 375 books per school year, as well as classroom supplies, with a combined value of over $4,000. We are chiefly supported by the kind and generous donations of many individual, community, and corporate partners. 

All of the Book Bank books are donate through individual donations or through community and corporate book drives hosted on our behalf.

Get Involved

We encourage you to get involved because the startling reality is that many of our city’s children and youth are not reading on grade level. With limited access to books at home and inaccessibility to books at school due to budget cuts, there are not many opportunities allotted to children and youth to escape into the literary world, use their imagination, and strengthen their literacy skills at the same time.

What do you do with facts such as these?  You make a difference where you can.  Why not join us in our mission of raising a city of readers by:​

  • Hosting a book drive! 
  • Donate books! Bring new or gently used children's books. 
  • Becoming a member by stopping by the Book Bank on during member hours!

Where and When

The Jacoby Book Bank is open the week before school starts to Memorial Day at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue, Room T137, with the following hours of operation. 

2019-2020 Hours of Operation:

  • Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm

**Following the School District of Philadelphia Calendar

Interested in Becoming a Member?

Looking for extra books and supplies for your classroom? Come to the Book Bank! We hope that you will utilize the Book Bank to help your classroom become a space where students foster their love of reading. Educator Memberships are $25 per school year. We are asking interested members to come to the Book Bank to sign up for their memberships. Cash, cards and checks are accepted on location.