State Sen. Singleton Partners With Nonprofit For Book Drive

State Sen. Troy Singleton is partnering with BookSmiles on a book collection drive for Dr. Seuss' birthday.

MOORESTOWN, NJ — State Sen. Troy Singleton is leading a children's book drive in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday and National Reading Month, the senator's office announced.

Singleton is collecting new and gently used children's books through the end of March. Donations will be given to BookSmiles, a local organization that seeks to "irrigate book deserts" by building personal libraries for kids and classrooms in need throughout the South Jersey region.

"We focus on providing students and younger siblings with high-quality books, thereby laying the groundwork for academic success," BookSmiles says on its website. "We also provide educators, especially those serving Title I schools, with unlimited books for their classroom libraries as well as for their students' personal collections."

"Growing up, my mother instilled a deeply ingrained joy of reading in me," Singleton said. "She would tell me that by opening a book, you can go anywhere in the world. Reading not only gives us the ability to transport ourselves, but it allows us to expand our horizons. These are opportunities every child should have, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

"For these reasons, I am proud to partner with BookSmiles to collect books for kids who may not have a shelf of books to call their own. Our collection will run through the month of March, in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday and National Reading Month."

Anyone interested in donating books can drop them off Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Senator's office located, 400 North Church Street, Suite 260 in Moorestown. A donation bin is located in the lobby of the building.

In Moorestown, BookSmiles also collects at its 24/7 bin outside the high school and outside Moorestown Hardware. There are also locations in Berlin, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Lawrenceville, Lindenwold, Medford, Mount Laurel, Tabernacle, and Washington Township. There are also two locations in Pennsylvania.

BookSmiles also invites volunteers to start their own book drives. It provides information on how to do so here.

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