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Homeless People Need Your Books!

Dear Friends,

Picture the Homeless is currently seeking book donations for a revolutionary new resource: a reference library conceptualized, curated, and run by homeless New Yorkers, where people experiencing homelessness can educate themselves about subjects as diverse as job readiness, history, computers, social justice, current events, and so much more. 

Do you have too many books? Do you have some excellent books you've already read and would like to find a new home for? Would you like to help homeless people who are working hard to change their lives, and to change the world?

The Jean Rice Homeless Liberation Reference Library is eager for any book donations you’re able to make. While it's primarily a reference library, we’re also eager for fiction and graphic novels and any other genre, particularly by authors of color or who come from other marginalized communities. Unfortunately, we don't have a vehicle, so we're not able to come pick up books. [HOWEVER, we would love to hear from folks who have vehicles and would be available to make a one-time book run! Please email me (; we may be able to coordinate pickup from someone who has a sizable donation to make but no way of getting it up to the library].

Just for the occasion, PTH founding Board Member Jean Rice, chair of our Library Committee, wrote this stirring essay on how literacy has made a difference in his life

We've been working hard on this exciting resource, and we can't wait to share it with the world. Picture the Homeless is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and we’re of course happy to write a letter acknowledging and itemizing any donations, for tax purposes. If you have books to donate, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 646-314-6423 or via email at



Sam J. Miller

Policy & Communications Director

Picture the Homeless


PS: Whether or not you’re able to contribute to our library, we’d love for you to join us at the dedication! That’s Wednesday, September 18th,at 7PM, in our office – 2427 Morris Ave, Bronx NY 10468. Take the 4 or D train to Fordham Road! Your $15 ticket gets you wine, cheese, great company... and a book dedicated in your honor. TICKETS ARE ON SALE HERE.