The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Children's Literacy Drive was started in 2004 and expands from the Capital District to Buffalo and New York City areas. The initiative collects new or gently used children's books for distribution to elementary, middle, high schools and after school programs. The program continues to grow beyond expectations each year. Children can unlock their true potential by embracing the power of the written word by reading, thanks to the generosity of numerous state agencies throughout the state.

Through the continued partnership with the Albany City School District's Literacy Programs, Project Flight (Buffalo State College), Reach Out and Read, Greater New York, the initiative has garnered amazing results and developed many successful alliances. In 2016, the total number of books collected from all 20 statewide agencies and 20 satellite locations was 30,076.


These are the regions and dates for the 2017 Literacy Drive: 

  • Albany Region: January 6 - April 14, 2017
  • Buffalo Region: January 6 - February 18, 2017
  • New York City: January 6 - February 18, 2017

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