Free Books for NYCHA Residents Ages 0-18

Free Books for NYCHA Residents Ages 0-18

During the month of June, NYCHA will give away over 62,000 free books to residents ages 0 to 18. The books are courtesy of Book Rich Environments (BRE), a program that connects public housing communities with resources to help children create a lifelong joy of reading.

BRE is organized by the National Book Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Center for Families Learning, U.S. Department of Education, and Urban Libraries Council. In 2018, BRE distributed 422,000 books in English and Spanish to families living in public housing across the country.

This is the third year NYCHA received free books through BRE. NYCHA, along with BRE, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, and other community partners, will distribute the free books at community centers in all five boroughs. Check the information below to find out where and when a NYCHA BRE event will be held in your borough:


Edenwald Houses
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center – Edenwald Cornerstone
1150 East 229th Street, Bronx, NY 10466    
June 4, 2019
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Bushwick Houses
Grand Street Settlement – Bushwick-Hylan Community Center
50 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 
June 6, 2019
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wise Consolidation
Goddard Riverside – Joan of Arc School Complex
154 West 93rd Street, New York, NY 10024
June 1, 2019
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Amsterdam Houses
Goddard Riverside – Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
250 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
June 7, 2019
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Woodside Houses
Sunnyside Community Services – SCS Cornerstone Program at Woodside Houses
50-19 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377
June 19, 2019
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Staten Island

West Brighton Houses
United Activities Unlimited – West Brighton Cornerstone
230 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310
June 13, 2019
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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