"Books for Kids " Annual Book Donation Campaign
Annually, libraries throughout New Jersey participate in this very important program begun by the Children's Services section of the New Jersey Library Association. Unfortunately, we couldn't find one location showing participating libraries so we're posting them here; please also check your local library. Last year thousands of children with limited access to books were given a chance to own a book of their very own. Give a child the gift of reading by bringing a new book or books to a participating library’s collection box.
2010 Participating Libraries
Teaneck Public Library - The Teaneck Public Library will launch its annual “Books for Kids” book donation drive on November 4, 2010. Books for children from infants through teens are needed. Book donations will be accepted through December 5, 2010. For more information please call the Children's Department at 201-837-4171 ext.3.
Warren Township Library (Somerset County) - Books for Kids Drive - New books for children, infants through teens, will be accepted through the month of November. A drop-off box is located in the Children's area of the library. For questions, contact the Youth Services Department at 908-754-5554 ext. 23.
Westfield Memorial Library - From Nov. 1 to the 30, the Westfield Memorial Library will collect new, unwrapped books for children and young adults as part of the New Jersey Library Association's Children's Services campaign. The books that the Westfield library collects will be sent to needy children in Union County. Books will be accepted anytime during the hours that the library is open: Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day, closing early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and closed Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.
Free Public Library of Pompton Lakes - need books for children from preschool through age 14. They will be collected through Dec. 3, 2010.
Glen Ridge Public Library - Books for children from preschool through age fourteen are needed. Book donations will be accepted through Friday, December 3 and will be distributed through Essex County libraries. For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at Glen Ridge Public Library at 973.748.5482.
Hunterdon County libraries - Donations of new books will be accepted from Tuesday, Nov. 16 through Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington, the North County Branch in Clinton, the South County Branch in Ringoes or to a Bookmobile stop. Books are needed for children preschool through age 14. For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department of the Hunterdon County Library at 908-788-1432.
Other Book Charities
Pajama Program in NJ - new PJs and books to kids in need, many awaiting adoptive homes
First Book NJ Boards - provides books to needy kids
The Bridge of Books Foundation - located in Rumson (Monmouth County) and accepts new and used books for children
Reach Out and Read - gently used or new books are welcome. NJ locations to donate books or money or volunteer