Students volunteer at BookSmiles to bring the joy of reading to all


Tylissa Arnold, Reporter

On April 13, the HHS Book Club visited the location that Booksmiles has here in New Jersey. There, they assisted in sorting books to be shipped off to their respective locations.

BooksSmiles was created by a man named Larry Abrams, who has been an avid reader since he was a child.

Before he created BookSmiles, he was a high school English teacher in Lindenwold. He got the idea for his organization when he discovered one of his students didn’t read to her daughter. He was in shock, being that he is a firm believer in reading to children from a young age. After that, he was determined to get books to those who either couldn’t afford them or didn’t have access to them.

“Knowledge is power,” he said.

Each month, BookSmiles donates thirty thousand books to either teachers or students who don’t have them across New Jersey and Philadelphia. BookSmiles has even collaborated with the Food Bank of South Jersey, giving them over 600,000 books over the course of their relationship.

HHS collected and donated over 2,00o books.

If you want to donate books, Booksmiles is located at 7300 North Crescent Blvd, Unit 10, Pennsauken, NJ. They’re open from 9-5 Monday through Friday and 9-3 on Sunday. You can also help organize books. If you’re interested, here is the link to sign up.

If organizing books isn’t your speed, here is a link to donate to the cause.