Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read Book Donation Application

Apply to receive 10 copies of Walden/”Civil Disobedience” OR Thoreau on Freedom for your community’s Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read!

signet-classics-walden-editionWe received a very generous donation from Eagle Hill School* in Hardwick, MA, which enabled us to offer about 140 copies of a Signet Classics edition of Walden and “Civil Disobedience” available—for free—to communities participating in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read! We are, unfortunately, out of those books, but are maintaining a wait list for sets that are returned to us for redistribution.

The good news is that, thanks to the generosity of Fulcrum Publishing (, we now have copies of Thoreau on Freedom (edited by The Walden Woods Project’s Curator of Collections, Jeffrey S. Cramer) to offer to participating communities for free.

Donations will be limited to 10 books per community and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  We will maintain a wait list of communities that request books once our supply is exhausted. We prefer to make these books available to communities whose residents, libraries, and/or schools may have particularly limited funds with which to otherwise access copies of the books.

If you plan to return the books to us after your Read event (not at all required), let us know and we will be happy to pass them on to a community on the wait list!

*From Eagle Hill School: We are a private, co-educational boarding school in Central Massachusetts, that focuses on educating diverse learners, believes that cross-curricular connections are an instrumental component of academic and life success.  Through their “Thoreau Overview” class and “Walden Day” activities during the 2015-2016 school year, students and teachers were able to explore the cross-curricular connections of Thoreau’s teachings, and to bring to life many of H.D.T.’s beliefs and experiences. We are thrilled to be able to donate copies of Walden to enable others to be inspired in the same way.