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Book drive helps East Coast libraries


A Hillsboro School parent is organizing a book drive for East Coast children who lost their school libraries to Hurricane Sandy.

Fliers will be sent home with students at five Hillsboro elementary schools asking parents to purchase a book (or two or three) for their own children from a special web link.

Usborne Books & More will match 100 percent of those sales with an equal amount of free books for the New Jersey schools in need. The nonprofit Reading Council of Southern New Jersey is a partner in the effort.

Participating Hillsboro elementary schools include Jackson, Imlay, Quatama, Brookwood, and Mooberry.

The book-raiser runs through Jan. 30.

To participate, visit https://L2548.myubam.com/13970. Money also can be donated to the reading council at rcsnj.webs.com or checks may be mailed, payable to RCSNJ, to RCSNJ, PO Box 69, Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059.

LaRonda Famodu, a Hillsboro mother of three and an Usborne Books consultant, says she has a friend from New Jersey who’s thanked her for taking on the project. Three months after the hurricane, schools are still trying to restock their shelves.

“I have friends who already have tons of Usborne books who have participated,” she says, “because it’s for a good cause.”