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30,000 books donated for Paterson children


30,000 books donated for Paterson children
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:46 PM
The Record

PATERSON — The Big Book Drive, a four-week campaign that ended Sunday, has yielded more than 30,000 books — enough to give one to every school-aged child in the city.

“I think there is not a child’s book in any home anywhere in Bergen and Passaic counties because they were all sent to Paterson,” said Cindy Czesak, the director of the Paterson Free Public Library. “It’s beautiful. It’s overwhelming.”

As the drive wound down on Sunday, donors continued to drop off books. The lobby of The Record and the Herald News — the drive’s sponsors along with the library — had boxes and plastic bags of books, including a leather-bound series of Encyclopedia Britannica and children’s books from the Lizzie McGuire series.

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