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When kids sign up for this summer’s reading program at the Hopewell Public Library (“HPL”), they will receive information on how they can be a hero in their own community by working to help others. HPL, as part of this year’s summer reading program,”Every Hero Has a Story,” is holding a child-run community service project: a school supplies drive to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (“TASK”).

IMG_1078The HPL Community Service Project kicked off on July 1, at the red library at 13 E Broad Street in Hopewell Borough, with a group of Hopewell children decorating an outdoor donation receptacle.

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Donations will be collected from the donation receptacle, now located outside the library next to the book drop, every evening throughout the summer by library staff until August 19, 2015.

Opportunity for children’s involvement include attendance at donation tables at town concerts (July 6 and 20 and August 3 at the Train Station and July 10 and 24 and August 7 at the Hopewell Borough Park) as well as, at the end of the summer, a chance to sort and package donations to be given to TASK.

The HPL’s summer reading program will wrap up with an end of the summer party, on August 9th at 6:00pm, at the Hopewell Borough Train Station for participating children and families and will feature a magic show and an appearance by a local firefighter and firetruck!

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Supplies to be donated include: Backpacks, #2 pencils, pens, spiral-bound notebooks, 3-ring binders, notebook paper, children’s scissors, small boxes of markers, glue, rules, composition books (black & white cover). Donations of any size will be accepted.

For volunteer opportunities, inquiries, or to get your children involved, contact the Hopewell Public Library or Sara Kornbluh (sarakornbluh@gmail.com). The last day for collection is August 19, 2015. All supplies collected through the HPL’s Summer Community Service Project will be distributed by TASK to Trenton students on the fourth Friday in August, in time for the next school year.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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