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Bergen, Passaic writers join book drive for Paterson children


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Bergen, Passaic writers join book drive for Paterson children
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Record

No one understands the power of books better than a writer.

“Books enlighten, they entertain, they change lives,” said best-selling author and Ridgewood resident Harlan Coben. “They open up whole new worlds.”

Coben was looking around his house Friday for children’s books that he planned to take — with copies of his young adult novels “Shelter” and “Seconds Away” — to the Ridgewood Public Library to contribute to The Big Book Drive.

“This is a no-brainer,” Coben said about participating in the book-donation campaign by the Paterson library system and The Record and Herald News, with the Ridgewood and Fair Lawn public libraries, to collect books for Paterson children to take home.

Books will be distributed to children and families at the grand opening of a new Paterson library branch in April. The Northside library branch was destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Thousands of books have already been donated.

On Friday, other writers with North Jersey connections joined Coben in describing the life-changing — even lifesaving — force within a good book.

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