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November surprise – how magazines upcycled from Seattle, Denver, Puerto Rico, and California bring literacy to Trenton NJ readers

By John Mennell

I believe things happen for reason. So, when I was driving to our New Jersey literacy warehouse, and missed my exit, ending up on Route 206 through the heart of Trenton, I abandoned the GPS and went with it. Along my route to my right, I encountered this Library Box – a repurposed newspaper vendor decorated by a local artist and filled with reading materials for those in the neighborhood. It’s the brainchild of Jacque Howard, a passionate community champion and  MagazineLiteracy.org partner. I happened to have a trunk filled with magazines upcycled for literacy by consumers, including these beautiful titles sent from Seattle, Denver, California, and Puerto Rico. I filled the Library Box, bringing the magazines within reach of eager Trenton readers, then got back in my car, and continued on my journey. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Project Shoe Box

    Foster Care, Care Packages
    40 male and females age 5-18
    Wauwatosa, WI, USA
    Needs: 40 Magazines
    Any Magazines

  • James F. Bay Elementary

    School
    100 readers age zero to four
    Seabrook, TX, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: Highlights for Children, National Geographic for Kids, and Turtle Magazine

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

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