"SJ Boys Read has collected over 8000 books since placing our BookSmiles bin at Moorestown Hardware! We are grateful to Julie and Pete Bender, owners of Moorestown Hardware for hosting the bin for nearly two years! We also have a collection bin in front of Moorestown High School. Here we are with BookSmiles Founder Larry Abrams and Moorstown Mayor Nichole Gillespie.
Please continue to donate your gently used children's books (infant to high school) to this great cause. Your book donations go to teachers and kids in need in our area.
We truly appreciate the continued generosity of our friends and neighbors in Moorestown."
These are pictures from classrooms in the Dominican Republic, where cases of BookSmiles books recently landed. Here is Backpacks of Dreams volunteer Jeanette Alvarez affixing stickers as she prepares for the trip. Note the Spanish titles. See Jeanette sitting with happy children!
BookSmiles has committed to supplying books for next year's trip to the DR. Won't you consider donating so that we can provide more books? Just visit our website and learn how: www.booksmiles.org
It's a good day when Congressman Donald Norcross, Commissioner Melinda Hopkins Kane, and Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo tour the Book Bank with the 2020 and 2021 New Jersey Teachers of the Year, Angel Santiago 2020-2021 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and Kimberly Dickstein Hughes.
A big thanks to Congressman Norcross donating overstock children's books from The Library of Congress!
Congressman Donald Norcrossand I are discussing a A Fish Out Of Water by Helen Palmer. Did you know she was Dr. Seuss' wife? Something clicked, because we both LOVED this book growing up. Books forge connections.
The Congressman asked me in front of the group why I thought actual paper books are better for young children than the electronic types. How you think I answered?
So grateful for the visit and that he donated books from The Library of Congress' surplus books program. Who's been to the Library of Congress and what sticks?
Congressman Andy Kim came to visit the Book Bank on a recent Sunday giveaway. He and his family helped sort!
It was great having BookSmiles Board Members, BookSmiles Ambassadors Jake and Connor, the Medford Democrat Club, Mighty Writers Executive Director Leila Jackson, and loads of other friends, supporters and volunteers ALL TOGETHER.
Food deserts and book deserts are insidious and intertwined. Let's irrigate them!
After 14 months, we had our first book fair while hitting a 500,000 book-giveaway milestone! It took us four years to get here, happening at South Philadelphia's John H. Taggart Elementary School - 2,100 books given away! We will hit a million in under two years.
Scroll through the pics and see Exective Director Larry Abrams receiving from board member Janet Edelstein a BIG BOOK celebrating a BIG NUMBER!
Look for Larry next to David Hensel, a teacher-visionary at Taggart determined to grant each child at Taggart a 50-book library of their own. Teachers, write to email@example.com if you share David's vision.
And finally, see young readers selecting their own books! Together we can create the next generation of
Nobel Prize winners!
Visit our website to see how you can irrigate book deserts by redistributing book-wealth! www.booksmiles.org
We need a delivery truck, now that we're palletizing massive amounts of children's books to give to our partners and picking up 10,000 donated books at a time. Hundreds of babies and kids living in book deserts will be able to have dozens of books of their own.
Do you know people and organizations who can partner with us? We are open to co-branding for particularly generous sponsors. This is a truck that will be eventually be seen by hundreds of thousands of people!
BookSmiles is based out of Cherry Hill, NJ. So it's extra-special when Mayor Susan Shin Angulo and Captain Glatz help open our latest location at the Cherry Hill Municipal Building. Here we are with board members Kathy Bay Judge and Mel Zimmerman. Clear off all those children's books collecting dust! Don't let them get yellow and brittle!
Take larger donations (several cases/books for adults included) to the Booksmiles Book Bank- 1879 Old Cuthbert Road,#33 in Cherry Hill to our 24/7 collection bin.