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Can Camden County Library Customers Do It Again?

NEWS RELEASE November 13, 2013

Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, 856-772-1636 ext. 7323

Last year Books for Kids Holiday Campaign nearly doubled number of donated books

Santa shares one of the many books donated by customers of the Camden County Library System at the Cooper Children’s Regional Hospital holiday party, Dec. 20, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Cooper University Healthcare)

VOORHEES, NJ – Nov. 13, 2013 – Last year the Camden County Library System challenged customers to break a record for donating books to its Books for Kids Holiday Campaign, and they did it in grand style, giving over 3,800 titles.

Once more the library is daring to test the generosity of local residents to give the gift of reading to children and teens in Camden County this holiday season. The book drive starts this month and will continue until Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, after which the books will be sorted and distributed to children throughout the county in time for the holidays by the Camden County Children’s Services Department.

“Because of the generosity of  Camden County residents, so many of our children were able to receive a book for the holidays,” said Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Library System.  “I know your generous hearts will once again play a role in the happiness and learning experience for the County’s children. Thanks in advance for your kindness.”

CCLS will have clearly marked collection boxes set up at each of its eight branch locations: Bellmawr, Ferry Ave, Gloucester Twp., Haddon Twp., Merchantville, Rutgers-Camden, South County , Voorhees and at the County Store located in the Voorhees Town Center across from the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library on Laurel Rd.

The library is seeking new and “gently-used” books in very good condition. Gently-used can be understood to mean books that a person would be comfortable in giving as a gift to a close relative. Books cannot be inscribed with names nor have book plates indicating an organization’s name.

“Based on consistent attendance at our reading programs for kids, tweens and teens throughout the year, we know our customers support reading for kids, and we’re confident they’ll break last year’s record of over 3,800 donated books,” said Linda Devlin as Camden County Library System Director.

As during last year’s campaign, the library will keep a running count on its website and update it weekly for the public to track its progress in breaking the old record of 3,800 books donated in 2012.


Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.


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