SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library is asking community members to donate new board books and new picture books to support the Area Baby Center. The collection drive continues through Monday, December 16.

Summit-based Area Baby Center is a nonprofit that ABC that provides diapers and baby supplies to families in need, every two weeks, during the first two years of a child’s life. Over the past 20-plus years, hundreds of local families have benefited from the organization’s help.

Ann-Marie Aymer, head of Youth Services at the Library sums up the impetus behind the book drive. "Our role as a library is to support literacy, and anything we can do to promote that mission and guarantee that all children, regardless of income, have the same opportunity to learn, whether through reading or providing caregiver support is critical."

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Aymer added, "Of course the library offers story time programs throughout the year for babies and toddlers, including our popular Spanish Storytime on Thursdays at 10 a.m., but being able to provide new books to families in need provides another element of support and book ownership helps instill a love of reading at an early age. There is something special about owning a book, although, of course, we want to encourage borrowing from the library as well.”

Those interested in donating a new board or picture book can drop books off at the ‘Ask Us’ Desk located in the Children’s Room at the Library, which is located at 75 Maple Street.