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Long Island Book Drive

A University Scholars Initiative


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We nurture a community of our own by expanding into others

About Scholars

About Scholars

Follow @sbubookdrive The University Scholars Program is an honors program at Stony Brook University consisting of the top 7% of student applicants. Our program embodies Scholarship, Leader, and Service through a variety of programs, events, and outreach activities each year. We strive to nurture a community of our own by expanding into others, including the larger University as a whole and the surrounding Long Island Community.  For more information about our program and recent Scholars events, feel free to visit our...

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Our Initiative

Our Initiative

Students collect a wide variety of books throughout their educational journey, but what happens to these books after you’ve turned the last page?  Sadly, most of them are packed into storage, no longer perused by the curious eyes of a young reader.  Aside from taking up valuable household space, these books are serving no purpose in a box.  We want to give purpose to these forgotten literatures, donating them to areas where books are not plentiful and may be absent altogether.  We also want to recycle damaged pieces to produce the books of the future. Our efforts begin on Long Island where we both collect and donate books.  Here’s our simple philosophy: no book cannot have a purpose.  With that in mind, we accept any book, no matter the genre, reading level, or condition.  Books in donatable condition find new homes here on Long Island and around the globe, while books that are damaged are properly recycled.  We hope to empower children with the resources they need to succeed. We...

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Partnering Schools

Partnering Schools

We’re Coming Together in a Big Way     We’ve partnered with four school districts on Long Island already and have plans to expand in the near future.  Each pin on the map above represents a High or Middle School where students ages 10-18 are working hard to collect books.  We’re actively planning for the future, dividing Long Island up into five different zones based on proximity to Stony Brook University for logistical reasons.  We are looking to expand our book drive, zone-by-zone, to include tens of thousands of students and collect as many books as possible for those right here in our community. These local school districts and their student organizers are at the heart of our initiative and we owe every book to their hard work.  We want to recognize their hard work and dedication to this project everyday.  Check back frequently as our list is always expanding! District Partners Mount Sinai School District Community Outreach and Service Club Port Jefferson High School Leo Club Smithtown West English Honor...

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Follow @sbubookdrive Thank you for donating The Scholars Book Drive collection has come to a close.  We are currently wrapping up any further donations and working vigorously to organize our large inventory.  We thank everyone for their support throughout this project and for the generous donations!  Stay tuned for details about the continuation of our project come this August! 2,235 books from your generous donations were given to the Wyandanch School District on May 15, 2015.  Take a look at our Photos page for more! Special Thanks to: Dr. Charles L. Robbins,  Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges Dr. Timothy Ecklund, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Jerrold Stein, Dean Emeritus Cathrine Duffy, Associate Director of Student Support Jeffrey Barnett, Assistant Dean of Students Constantia Constantinou, Dean of University Libraries Jennifer DeVito, Head of Access Services for Stony Brook Libraries Howard Gunston, Director of Facilities and Operations Jeremy Marchese, Advisor and Senior Staff Assistant to the University Scholars Program Dr....

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