On Friday May 6, 2016 in Trenton NJ the “Books On The Block 1.0” event took place at Championship Bar located at 931 Chambers St.
Several individuals and organizations committed to literacy efforts in Trenton, NJ participated.
Local Artists upcycled newspaper boxes into Library Boxes and painted Book Nooks that will be distributed through a network of locations throughout Trenton, including Barbershops, Businesses, Organizations and individual residents.
Library Boxes of Trenton NJ
Trenton 365 founder and project coordinator Jacque Howard, explained that this project is an “adoption model” meaning that individuals, businesses or organizations will initially receive the repurposed newspaper boxes for free along with a load of used books. The adopters will commit to manage the boxes and surrounding area. (Excerpt from Mercerme.com)
United Way of Greater Mercer County – Barbershop Initiative
United Way of Greater Mercer County is a nonprofit organization that, among other goals, works to enhance and promote early childhood literacy. We are proud to partner with our friends in Trenton and the Books on the Block program. Through these efforts, we know that we can help blanket the city of Trenton with books and increase access to literacy. Megan Kirschner
Trenton Free Public Library
The Trenton Free Public Library wholly supports Books on the Block, which reflects our mission of being a bridge that connects the community to literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity. Rochelle Stern
Trenton Makes – Words
Trenton Makes—Words! is a community initiative to foster the vocabulary development of Trenton children age 5 and under through parent-child engagement experiences with art, music, history, and science. The partnership between The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton Community Music School, and The Children's Home Society is supported by PNC Grow Up Great and offers city-wide engaging educational programs and festivals for parents/caregivers and their young children.
Trenton Makes - Words! will be holding a Pop-Up at the Books on the Block event on May 6th, where there will be activities for parents and children including music, arts and crafts, and storytelling to promote fun and learning. Caitlin Fair
Code for Trenton
All of the change-makers part of Code for Trenton are excited to enjoy the honor of joining with others to make the library boxes and book nooks happen all over Trenton. We're excited about using mapping technology and social media to facilitate and support. This is profound stuff - putting the written word in the hands of every child and adult fosters a culture of knowledge, of literacy, and of a future that we build ourselves from the bottom-up rather than being told how to. Personally this matters so much to me; as a born and raised proud Trentonian, and as a person who feels that reading, writing, and knowledge is what will get the entire city moving forward, regardless of the craziness that is in our way. Adam Porroni
My Brothers Keeper
President Obama’s national My Brother’s Keeper initiative is a challenge to communities to come together in addressing opportunity and achievement gaps that young men of color face. With the White House’s guidance, the Capital City My Brother’s Keeper initiative is an effort to support existing and new community led initiatives that address issues of chronic absenteeism, early literacy, and employability.
The City of Trenton, through the Capital City My Brother’s Keeper initiative, is pleased to support a community led and driven initiative that will increase access to literacy resources for our children and the City at large. Early literacy is a critical component of Trenton’s continued revitalization. Alex Rivera
Refreshments were available for purchase from the WTF? Where’s The Food Truk”
DJ – Flea Market entertained the crowd with a mix of music.
Participating Artists included:
Billy MF Brown aka Roy Hames
Billy MF Brown aka Roy Hames
On Thursday June 2, 2016 the Library Boxes and Book Nooks were unveiled to the public.
To date ~10 boxes and nooks have been adopted and Library Boxes of Trenton is proud to announce that Prometheus Publishing has signed on as a sponsor! (More information coming soon)
If you have questions, would like to participate or have some words of encouragement please email
All images captured by Lifestyle By Amans Brindled - www.amansbrindled.com
|Delivery of Lori Johansson's box to the Gregory School adopted by the Center For Child and Family Achievement ED Wanda Stansbury|
|Linda Barton picking up a Book Nook|
|Artist Tamara Torres|
|Artist Jesse Vincent|
|Artist Bruce Lindsay|
|Artist Will Kasso|
|Artist Jodi Walker of The Bat Factory|
|Artist Antoinette Marchfelder|
|Artist Jamaila Hernandez|
|Artist Lori Johansson|
|Artist Chelsea Perron|
|Artist Jonathan Conner|
|Adam Porroni of Code For Trenton and Rochelle Stern of the Trenton Free Public Library|
|Jacque Howard of LBOT and Prometheus Publishing's Bart Jackson|
|Kathleen Capria and Marylinda Perry of Franklin Parks NE Block Association|
|Artist Bruce Lindsay|
|Artist Jules Muck|
|Artist Jules Muck and Champs Manager Nikki Nailbomb|
|Artist Aylin Green|
|Tim McRae of the WTF? Wheres The Food Truk|
|Caitlin Fair of Trenton Makes Words|