The city of Paterson is teaming up with the Record and Herald News and the libraries of Ridgewood and Fair Lawn for a book drive that the city hopes will put a book in the hands of as many Paterson children as possible.
Paterson’s Northside Branch Library was flooded during Hurricane Irene in 2011, destroying all 10,000 of its books. Trustees of the Paterson Free Public Library having been searching for a new permanent location after a study showed the old building remains susceptible to future storms.
The city has set up a book drive so that the city’s children, many of whom live in poverty, can establish their own libraries at home. The books will be distributed to children and families in April, when a new temporary library opens at the Christopher HOPE Community Center, which will accommodate 3,000 books.
You can donate gently used children’s books to various locations in the area, including the Montclair Times offices at 130 Valley Road.