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This Holiday Season Donate a Book and Help Give the Gift of Reading

Camden County Library launches 24th annual campaign Monday, Nov. 7

Camden County Library System kicks of its annual Book for Kids Holiday Campaign with all eight branch libraries collecting donated books starting Monday, Nov. 7 through Dec. 6, 2016. (PhotoSpin/A.Kravchenko)

VOORHEES, NJ –Oct. 24, 2016 – The Camden County Library System’s annual Books for Kids Holiday Campaign provides children with free books that they can keep and read again and again. Anyone can donate books to help the library in this important mission.

Starting Monday, Nov. 7, the library will be accepting new or gently-used books, appropriate for a range of ages from babies to young teens. All eight branches (Bellmawr, Cruz-Perez, Ferry Ave., Gloucester Twp., Haddon Twp., Merchantville, South County and Voorhees) will have clearly marked bins available to deposit the books.

 “Each year we ask our customers to recognize the importance of reading by donating books to our holiday book campaign.  You can help to foster and develop a love of reading in children throughout Camden County who may not have enough books at home to read,” says Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin.

In conjunction with the book campaign Devlin notes that before the holidays would be a good time for parents to join the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to develop and strengthen a child’s literacy skills even before he or she starts school.

“Books open a world of opportunities for children by expanding their education and imagination,” says Freeholder Bill Moen, liaison to the Camden County Library System.  “By providing books this holiday season, you are giving these children the gift of knowledge while introducing them to the joy of reading.”

The book donation campaign will run through Dec. 6. The library sends the books to the Camden County Children’s Services Department to distribute to children throughout the county in time for the holidays.

The library is seeking new or “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.

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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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