Adrienne Jacoby, executive director of Philadelphia Reads accepted 22,000 new and gently used children’s books collected by Joseph Coyle’s English class at St. Joseph Preparatory Academy.

The Dec. 21 donation is the single largest donation of books to the Book Bank — a free teacher book store operated by Philadelphia Reads.

The Book Bank, staffed by volunteers and stocked with donated books, serves Philadelphia public, private and parochial teachers.

St. Joseph’s Prep students collected 22,000 books in 10 days leading up to Christmas.


The Philadelphia Inquirer donated their services to the operation — they transported the books from St. Joe’s Prep to the Book Bank, located at MLK High School.