CHATHAM, NJ - Got Books?  Because not everybody does.

Chatham teenager Justin Sherman aims to change that with his Literacy for Life project to provide children’s books to underprivileged children and teens in New Jersey.

Justin, a Junior at Chatham High School, launched Literacy for Life as his Eagle Scout Service Project. He is currently a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 121 in Chatham.Justin is collecting new and gently used books for children from birth to age 18. He has set up collection bins in the Library Media Centers in all six public schools in the Chatham School District as well as at the Library of the Chathams.

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Collection will take place until mid-November and then he will coordinate volunteers to assist in counting and categorizing the books according to age. The last step will be the transport of the books to the Bridges of Books Foundation, a non-profit organization in Rumson.

Bridge of Books’ mission is to provide an ongoing source of books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and to encourage a love of reading. Operating strictly as an all-volunteer organization, Bridge of Books has facilitated the distribution of more than 200,000 books both directly to children and to the agencies that serve them. They support the development of literacy skills by increasing the number of age-appropriate books available to New Jersey’s low-income children.

For more information on the Literacy for Life project, email Justin at