The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) teamed up with the Newcomers-Encore Club of Millburn and Short Hills to host their first "Book Swap for a Cause" on Wednesday, March 24 - and the event turned out to be a success story.

As well as bringing a good read to swap, those attending were also invited to donate gently used books for a fundraising sale to benefit the East Orange Public Library.

The result was seven car-loads of donated books - about 5,000 volumes - reported the organizers, Short Hills residents Katherine Eklund and Margaret Santana, who are members of both JLOSH and the Newcomers- Encore Club.

JLOSH President Elizabeth Duncan Pederson said: "The outstanding results went way beyond our wildest dreams and just show what teamwork can do! This was a wonderful collaboration between two local groups to benefit a most deserving cause.

"We would also like to thank Coldwell Banker, who provided drop-boxes at their Millburn and Maplewood offices for people who could not attend the event."

The book drive is part of an ongoing partnership between JLOSH and East Orange Public Library. Recently the League gave a $40,000 grant to the library to refurbish the library's Juniors' Area.

Founded in 1913, the Oranges and Short Hills is one of the oldest of 292 chapters of Junior Leagues in the US, Canada, Mexico and England. Serving the communities of Orange, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Springfield, Livingston and Short Hills, its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. It is committed to voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

For more information, please visit www.jlosh.org

The Newcomers-Encore Club is a social club open to all residents of Short Hills and Millburn, no matter how long they've lived in the area. The club, which is run by member volunteers, organizes activities for the whole family during the week, in the evenings and on the weekends. One of the primary goals is to seek out those newly arrived in the area, to make sure they know they'll be welcome here and find friendship. Activities include Wine Tasting, Poker Night, Fun Activities with Kids, and much, much more. For more information, log on to www.newcomersencoreclub.org