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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest 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

  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

    501(c)(3) Charity
    40 individuals per month of both genders age 16 and older. Some children are immigrants
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 40 per month
    Magazines requested: any and all magazines.

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