CARTERET—The Carteret Public Library is collecting donations of new hardcover and paperback books for distribution to disadvantaged children throughout Middlesex County during the holiday season.
The program, called Books to Keep, is a project of the Libraries of Middlesex, a consortium of public libraries, and the Middlesex County College Library. Books to Keep started in 1990 to promote the joy of reading, encourage library use and foster pride in book ownership.
Distribution of books will be done through service clubs and social service agencies, including day care centers, soup kitchens, the Middlesex County Board of Social Services, Head Start programs and programs serving children with AIDS. Since the program’s inception, over 140,000 books have been distributed in cooperation with 30 different agencies and organizations throughout Middlesex County.
New hardcover and paperback books suitable for children from preschool through adolescence may be brought to the Carteret Public Library through Dec. 15. Funds are needed to purchase additional books for distribution.
Contributions may be made payable to Libraries of Middlesex and mailed to Leah Wagner, Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 or brought to the library.
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