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The Messy Artist Sponsors Children’s Book Drive for Month of September

Two painters use thier skills to help out The Messy Artist in their Children's Book Drive happening all this month. Credits: The Messy Artist
Here's the place to donate your food and supplies all this month.  They will be delivered to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown at the end of the drive. Credits: The Messy Artist
Students helped prepare the book donation box for The Messy Artist's Children's Book Drive in September. Credits: The Messy Artist
  The book donation box for The Messy Artist's Children's Book Drive in September is adorned by a student.  New and gently used children's books are being accepted all month.   Credits: The Messy Artist
A young artist in the act of decorating the book drive donation box at The Messy Artist. Credits: The Messy Artist
A close up view of the fine work the Messy Artist students did in painting a box for book donation. Credits: The Messy Artist
Another close up view of the lavishly decorated book donation box in the entryway of The Messy Artist in East Hanover.   Credits: The Messy Artist

Clean out your bookshelves for a great cause!  The Messy Artist of East Hanover is hosting a children’s book drive throughout the month of September.  From September 1st through 30th they are accepting new and gently used children’s books in their art studio for kids in the Castle Ridge Shopping Plaza.  By partnering with Bridges of Books Foundation, The Messy Artist will be able to help New Jersey children in need have the opportunity to enjoy new reading materials.

“We use children’s books in many of our classes here at The Messy Artist and appreciate their magic in entertaining and educating children.  In fact, our “Storybook Art” class is focused on children’s books and their art, and each of our classes for our youngest artists ends with a story time session”, says Donna Bernstein, CEO of The Messy Artist.  “We are thrilled to be able to help pass the enjoyment of books to others.”

Students at The Messy Artist helped with the cause by decorating the donation box, located in the entrance. Staff members and students’ families have begun donating books their children have outgrown.  Anyone is welcome to come in and drop off books.

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Books should be new or gently used and geared toward children age 0 -18 (the only exception is parenting books).  If the book makes a sound or has pop-ups, they all should work, and if the book has pieces, please make sure all are included.  Finally, no magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, coloring books or workbooks will be accepted.

The Messy Artist is located at 356 Route 10 West in East Hanover, in the Castle Ridge Shopping Center with Best Buy and Michael’s.  They are a few doors down from Cups and Smashburger.  For more information, please call 973 378 2425 or visit their website,

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