New Books for New Homes!

November 28, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Capital District (HfHCD) and the Albany City Area Reading Council (ACARC) are pleased to announce the return of the “New Books for New Homes” initiative, designed to provide hardworking future Habitat homeowners with new books and a springboard for a lifetime of reading and learning.

The initiative was announced in 2011 as a partnership between HfHCD, ACARC and The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, the Albany Public Library and Schenectady High School technology students.  The Books House of Stuyvesant Plaza will be collecting book donations, the Albany Library will be providing information about library services to Habitat families and Schenectady High School technology students will be assembling the book cases for fifteen families moving into Habitat homes in Albany and Troy. The books and reading materials will go to hardworking, lower-income families who will live in new homes built through the generosity of Habitat volunteers and donors. The donation of new, age-appropriate books and library information to Habitat homeowners further reinforces the positive impact that a safe, stable home has on educational attainment and success.

“Hammers and books, most people probably don’t see the relationship between these two items,” said Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of HfHCD. “In our world these tools are the foundation that leads our families to a better life. When asked, most children of our Habitat homeowners to be will tell you the most important thing about having a home of their own is the hope of getting a good night’s sleep and a quiet place to read and do their homework. This exciting partnership will ensure that our children will not only have that home and that room to call their own, but also the gift of knowledge to absorb in peace, comfort and safety.”

Liz Yanoff, President of the Albany City Area Reading Council notes, “Our members are excited about the second year of New Books for New Homes.  Last year we collected over 500 books for new homeowners, and we hope to surpass that total this year with the community’s generous support”.

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is collecting books at their store (1475 Western Avenue, Albany, NY) from Wednesday, November 28 through Tuesday, January 1. Book House employees will provide book suggestions for each family and are offering a 20% discount on all books purchased for this project. Gift cards will also be collected. “Book House is thrilled to be a part of this important community project,” noted Rachel King of The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor of the “New Books for New Homes” project, please contact Liz Yanoff at

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