Lower Merion Township Police Are Quite Literal When They Say, ‘Book ‘Em’

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“Book ‘em, Dano” is a television catchphrase that many baby boomers remember from Hawaii Five-O.  But now, it’s a Lower Merion Township Police call for action in a literacy collaboration with BookSmiles, a Pennsauken nonprofit. Max Bennett provided the details in the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch.

Lower Merion’s collaboration with BookSmiles is designed to put reading material in the hands of local children who may not otherwise have access to it.

To fill those reader-media gaps, the lobby of the township’s Public Safety Building (71 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore) is receiving donations of gently used young-reader and children’s books.

All donations are appreciated; however, organizers seek no school texts, adult novels, used activity or sticker books, puzzle books, or library discards.

Once-beloved books that are now sitting fallow are also welcomed, as long as they are free of rips, writing, yellowing, mustiness, and water damage.

The drive ends Mar. 1.

Since 2017, BookSmiles has placed more than 1.1 million books to under-served children in and around Philadelphia.

Complete information on this effort — including where to email organizers with specific questions — is at the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch.


Who better to advocate for reading skills in children than a child who has benefited from the advantage?

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