The Book Fairies: FAQ

What is The Book Fairies?
The Book Fairies makes magic by providing donated books to those in need. We are committed to decreasing the high rates of illiteracy in our area by collecting new and/or gently used books and matching them with libraries, schools, teachers, and organizations in need that would not otherwise have the means to obtain them.

Do you only donate to schools?
We donate books to both schools and organizations serving people in need across Long Island and NYC.  We have two donation initiatives:

  • School Programs: Our school donation programs bring much-needed books and e-readers to the libraries and classrooms of public and charter schools, as well as coordinated before and after school programs. We continually supplement existing libraries and have originated and filled complete libraries for new, devastated or marginalized schools. We work with school administrators and teachers to run free book fairs for students to create home libraries and help build/supplement insufficient classroom libraries.
  • Community Programs: We are committed to fostering community literacy among all readers, many of whom are in situations where access to age-appropriate reading materials/devices can make a measurable difference. We provide reading materials to local institutions where there is a need to enrich their facility’s services. For example, we have donated Kindles to local children’s hospital wards and the Ronald McDonald House. Additionally, we have found a variety of niches within our greater community with needs for specific genres of books. These programs include providing cookbooks and parenting books to community outreach programs, religious books for faith-based organizations, activity books to hospitals, and books for soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and battered women’s shelters. Our free train station libraries are located at stations that serve impoverished communities and are filled twice weekly to offer free books to commuters.

How do I donate books?

The Book Fairies accepts all age books in good condition from baby through adult.

If you have 25 books or less, you can

  1. See our list of remote drop-site partners below
  2. Use our blue bin outside of our warehouse in the back of 70 North Main Street, Freeport.  The bin is emptied every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please do not leave books or boxes of books outside of the bin but drop the books into the bin a few at a time.

PLEASE DO NOT OVERLOAD THE BOOK DROP OR LEAVE BOOKS OUTSIDE OF IT/OR ON OUR LANDLORD’S PROPERTY!

If you have more than 25 books but less than 5 copy paper sized boxes full of books, please fill out the Book Donation form to schedule a time to drop your books off at our Freeport location. Click here:  https://thebookfairies.org/book-donation/

If you have 5 or more copy paper sized boxes full of books and are located on Long Island, we can arrange a pickup.  Please fill out the Book Donation form to schedule a pick-up.   Click here: https://thebookfairies.org/book-donation/

For a list of Remote Drop Sites – CLICK HERE

I want to organize a book drive.  – We are so grateful to all our volunteers who run book drives but need to make sure our warehouse can accommodate the influx of books collected.  We ask that you fill out an application and review our guidelines for running a book drive.  Please click on this link for our book drive application and learn more:   https://thebookfairies.org/book-drives/

Can my organization schedule a book drive?
Yes! We frequently work with companies, scout programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs, youth groups, etc. who want to organize their own drive. Please contact us with your organization’s name and number so we can discuss the drive further. We will supply flyers and any other support necessary to make your drive a success.

What types of books do you accept?
We accept books from baby through adult in excellent condition dating from 1998 and newer, college-level textbooks within the past 10 years, and e-readers (Nooks and Kindles, etc). We do not accept encyclopedias or magazines at this time.

What condition should the books be in?
We accept used books that are in good through “like-new” condition and come from a smoke-free environment. The Book Fairies is committed to being a green organization. For that reason, books showing extensive wear and tear, mildew, or damage will be recycled.

Where do my donated books go?
The Book Fairies works with school districts and organizations that can benefit from free reading material across metropolitan New York. The baby and preschool books are distributed across preschool programs, daycare centers, homeless shelters, etc. Elementary, middle school, and high school books are distributed directly to schools and programs that support students in impoverished areas such as soup kitchens, Little Free Libraries, hospitals, and more. The adult books replenish our train station libraries, grocery store libraries, and additional programs that provide for at-risk individuals.

How do I receive books if I am an individual?
Depending on your town and district, you may qualify to receive books. Eligibility is based upon residence in a mid to high poverty district, as determined by the U.S. government.

Poverty level and economic need are defined by the percentage of students in a given school who qualify for free/reduced lunch. To be deemed eligible for free/reduced lunch, a student must submit a form showing family income at or below 130% of the poverty line (a maximum income of $34,060 for a family of four). Schools with 10%-39% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as “moderate poverty” while schools with more than 50% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as “high poverty”.

Use the contact us form to let us know the quantity and reading level of books you need.

Can Book Fairies help schedule a book drive at my school?
Absolutely! We will need the principal/teacher’s contact information and/or the PTA president’s information and we will coordinate directly with your school to set up a book drive. Please email us at: info@thebookfairies.org to set up a book drive.

Can I volunteer at The Book Fairies?
We can always use volunteers to help us schedule book drives, collect and sort books. Please fill out the volunteer form so we can best match you in an appropriate capacity. Volunteers are regularly needed Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10am-2pm to sort books at the warehouse (behind 70 North Main Street, Freeport).

What are other ways I can support The Book Fairies?
The Book Fairies offers a number of programs for individuals and corporations who want to support their local community. Contact us to learn about hosting a coin drive in your school or organization, sponsoring a library/book fair, or hosting a corporate volunteer day in our warehouse. Please email: sherry@thebookfairies.org to learn more!

Is The Book Fairies affiliated with a religious or government organization?
The Book Fairies is a non-governmental and non-denominational organization.

Is The Book Fairies a 501(c)3 charity?
Yes, The Book Fairies is a recognized 501(c)3 charity by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt charity.

Do you write tax receipts for donations made to your charity?
The Book Fairies will send a tax receipt for monetary and in-kind donations (such as books, e-readers, supplies, etc.).