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County Library Customers Give the Gift-of-Reading with 1,926 Books

NEWS RELEASE December 20, 2013

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

Annual Books for Kids holiday campaign provides free books throughout county


[Santa shares one of many books donated by customers of the Camden County Library System during a holiday party thrown by Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper for its young patients last year. (Photo courtesy of Cooper University Healthcare)]


VOORHEES, NJ – Dec. 20, 2013 – 

Also for children, the library encourages parents to check out Read-in-the New Year programs scheduled at seven of the branches this year, says Devlin.Customers of the Camden County Library System donated 1,926 books to the library’s Book for Kids Holiday Campaign in 2013.

The new and gently-used books are being distributed by Camden County Children’s Services Department to children across the county in time for the holidays.

“We know the communities of Camden County support reading for children based on the consistent attendance at our story times, book clubs and other reading activities that we offer regularly at all eight of our branches. So the generosity of our customers is not a surprise,” says Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin.

“Books open a world of opportunities for children by expanding their education and imagination,” says Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Library System.  He notes the impact of the successful book drive, “By providing free books, the Camden County Library System and its generous supporters are giving children the gift of knowledge while exposing them to the enjoyment of reading.”

Devlin points out the library supports reading for children of all ages throughout the year with its broad collection of materials for younger customers. She adds the library system offers scores of programs each month designed for children, tweens and teens. The library’s Book Buddies programs are popular and offered at most branches. Each Book Buddies program pairs teen and tween volunteers with eager, younger readers.

Registration and a calendar of program events at each branch are available online at .

Some of the books were distributed at a Head Start in Camden, NJ. See the slideshow:


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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