The 26th Annual New York Book Fair this weekend supports two causes — bargain shopping for books, CDs, DVDs and holiday gifts, and supporting the Goddard Riverside Community Center, one of the oldest, largest and most reputable community support groups in New York City/ Goddard Riverside serves the poor and homeless, primarily on the Upper West Side and Harlem. Save half off or more on thousands of new bestselling books, including children’s books, plus albums and movies. There also are 2013 gift calendars and other items at the two-day fair, at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue at 88th Street. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, November 17 and 10 pm to 5 pm Sunday, November 18.
More than 87 cents of every dollar spent at the fair will be donated to support Goddard Riverside Community Center and its programs, which provides services to 17,500 people annually primarily from Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Harlem communities. Twenty-seven programs at 22 sites reach out to children and youth, families, homeless people and older adults. Goddard Riverside, a not-for-profit organization, provides basic services such as meals, shelter and education, and enriches community life with recreational, cultural and arts activities. The agency manages 600 units of affordable housing. In addition, advocacy and legal services offer individuals and groups a voice in their community and a way to address critical social issues.