Rep. Maloney Encourages Literacy in Queens Through Library of Congress Book Donation Program

May 2, 2016
Press Release
Congresswoman works with Zone 126 to bring books to Queens schools through Library of Congress Surplus Books Program

QUEENS— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) delivered more than 250 new books to schools today in New York City School District 30 in an effort to boost literacy and a love of reading in New York schools. Rep. Maloney partnered with Zone 126, an organization that focuses on building a cradle-to-career pipeline for children in Queens, who requested these books on behalf of the schools with whom they work. Together, Rep. Maloney and Zone 126 distributed fiction, non-fiction, and test prep books at an event at P.S. 171 Peter G. Van Alst, and more books will be delivered to  IS126Q and Long Island City High School. The books, provided by the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program, are part of an effort by Rep. Maloney to spread the joy of reading. Maloney was joined by P.S. 171 Principal Anne Bussel, students from the school, and Anju Rupchandani, the Interim Director of Zone 126.

“As a former school teacher, I know the difference that books and reading play in a child’s education and development,” said Rep. Maloney. “This program provides my constituents with access to thousands of books to expand their minds, boost literacy and help them reach new intellectual and professional heights. I am thrilled to kick off this program here in Queens, and I encourage all qualifying organizations in my district to participate and request books.”

“Zone 126 is honored to be the recipient of these new books through Congresswoman Maloney's efforts in coordination with the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program,” said Anju J. Rupchandani, Zone 126 Interim Executive Director and Vice President of Collective Impact Partnerships.  "The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page. Zone 126 believes deeply that when a child learns to read the impact they can have on the world has the power to last a lifetime. Literacy is the key to so much more, and we are so proud to be a part of the Congresswoman's efforts.”

The Library of Congress Surplus Books Program allows members of Congress to request surplus books from the Library to distribute at eligible non-profit organizations to expand their publicly accessible collections; Zone 126 and the schools receiving this first wave of books, PS 171Q, IS 126Q and Long Island City High School; are such eligible organizations. The books provided by the program include children’s books, fiction, nonfiction, reference books, text books and test-prep books.

Organizations in New York’s 12th Congressional District interested in receiving donations can submit requests to Rep. Maloney through her office’s website or by calling the D.C. office at (202) 225-7944.


The Library of Congress, at all times, has thousands of books on hand which are not needed for the library’s own use. These books are sent to the Surplus Books Program and are available to be donated to schools, libraries, community centers and other organizations at the request of Members of Congress. The books span a variety of genres, including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, text books, test-prep books and many others.

Organizations in New York’s Twelfth District interested in receiving donations can submit requests to Rep. Maloney through her office’s website. Books will be shipped free of charge. According to Library of Congress policy, eligible organizations must be located in the United States and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Full-time, tax-supported or nonprofit educational institution: school, school system, college, university, museum, or public library;
  • Agency of local, state, or federal government; or
  • Nonprofit institution or organization that has tax-exempt status under the provisions of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (see 41 CFR 101-44.207 (a)(17)) and that operates a library and/or research center open to the public.

The donation to Zone 126 today is the first of many planned book donations in the Congresswoman’s district. Rep. Maloney will be reaching out to dozens of organizations this month and anticipates hundreds more books to be donated by the end of the year.

About Zone 126:

More than 20,000 families in zip codes 11101, 11102, and 11106 in Astoria and Long Island City are living in poverty, including more than 8,000 children. We know that a community of well-supported children and families has the power to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty, which is why Zone 126 collaborates across sectors and directly with diverse program providers, including arts education for students, ESL classes for parents, early childhood education, and health and nutrition services for the whole family. Ultimately, their vision is for every child in Astoria/Long Island City to graduate from high school and attain the necessary post-graduate credentials needed to thrive in the 21st century.