Mission Statement:

“In the belief that book ownership fosters literacy and a love of books, which will in turn lead to greater achievement in school and in life, Books to Keep, an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex seeks to distribute donations of new books to children and young adults who might otherwise not have access to reading materials in their homes.”


About the Project:

bks2keep01Since 1990, Books to Keep has been connecting children with books in a unique way. As an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex, Books to Keep raises funds to purchase thousands of new books to distribute to children throughout the county at holiday time. Working in partnership with day care centers, shelters, Head Start, soup kitchens, and over 40 other social programs and service clubs, over 10,000 books were distributed this past year alone.

Books to Keep is preparing for another successful year. The joy of having books of our own is so much a part of our lives and the lives of our children. We all have our favorite titles which may have become dog-eared and practically memorized. Not having any books in the home at all is the reality of many children in Middlesex County. Books to Keep is committed to changing that reality.

Our participating Middlesex County librarians personally encourage reading and library use with story programs in English and Spanish at over 25 county wide distribution locations. After the story program the children receive a new book to begin their home libraries and encourage their love of reading.


Books to Keep Partners:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • First Book
  • Wells Fargo – Wachovia Community Partner

Libraries of Middlesex (LMx) is a consortium of Public Libraries located in Middlesex County, Franklin Township Library (Somerset County), and the Middlesex County College Library.