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Bookworm's Dream: 10,000 Given Away In White Plains This Weekend

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach at last year's annual Free Book Celebration. More than 10,000 books have been collected for the fourth annual giveaway on Saturday at Eastview Middle School. Photo Credit: Provided
More than 10,000 books have been collected for the fourth annual White Plains Free Book Celebration. Saturday at Eastview Middle School. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Photo Credit: Provided

WHITE PLAINS , N.Y. -- Need something to do on a rainy Saturday? You can get lost in more than 10,000 books from 10 a.m. until noon at Eastview Middle School.

The White Plains PTA Council is hosting its fourth annual Free Book Celebration.

Thousands of books appropriate for grades kindergarten through 12th grade will be given away. Another 2,000 books were being given away Friday at White Plains High School.

“Last year at the celebration, we had over 1,000 people show up, and 10,000 books were all gone in an hour and a half. That’s 111 books a minute,” said Caroline Furry, the main organizer for the event. 

Although books are the main draw, families also can enjoy food and entertainment

“Promoting literacy and developing motivated and excellent readers is certainly a priority for the White Plains Public Schools,” said Paul Fried, White Plains superintendent of schools. “I want to thank Caroline Furry, all our PTA leaders and members, and the sponsors for their hard work and for hosting this wonderful event, and I encourage all of our students to attend.”

Supporters for this year’s Free Book Celebration include Stop N' Shop, the Princeton Review and Hatchette Book Group.

For more details about the Free Book Celebration, you may contact Limarie Cabrera at

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