RFH Book Drive

May 28th, 2013

RFH Book Drive

RFH Librarian Linda Murray with two of the approximately four thousand new and gently used books collected for use at Union Beach Memorial School.



Rumson — “No one seems to enjoy a new book as much as a grade school child does,”

says Linda Murray, Librarian at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Mrs. Murray

should know, having spent some time as the Librarian at Conover Road Grammar

School in Colts Neck before joining the RFH staff.


So when she heard that Union Beach Memorial School had suffered devastating

damage and been temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy, she designated its

students and teachers as the most recent beneficiaries of the annual RFH Library Book



“As a school Librarian, I felt strongly about helping a school in need,” explained Mrs.

Murray. “And the story of this school in particular, in an area that was not featured as

prominently as some others on the news reports about Hurricane Sandy damage, just

compelled me to action.”


Located on Morningside Avenue, Union Beach Memorial suffered significant losses

during Hurricane Sandy as more than a foot of floodwater poured into the school. In

addition to to structural and electrical damage, the school suffered the loss of equipment

and supplies — including much-loved books.


The local community and RFH students, parents, and staff responded generously to

the call for new and gently used books. As a result, approximately 4,000 hardcover

and softcover books are packed up and ready to be enjoyed by Union Beach Memorial

students from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade.


The books were collected from February 1 through May 3 and then carefully sorted and

placed in boxes. Each box is clearly marked with the appropriate reading age for the

books it contains, as well as the books’ genre. “This level of organization will make it a

lot easier for teachers to put the books to immediate use, either in the library or in the

classroom.” said Murray.


The books are scheduled for pickup in early June, in anticipation of Union Beach

Memorial’s reopening which is slated for mid-to-late June.

“As they have done each year without fail, the members of the community have made

the book drive a rousing success” said Murray. “I cannot thank them enough for their

support.” This marks the fifth consecutive year that the RFH Library staff has organized

the book drive.


Books that do not meet the specific needs of Union Beach Memorial School have

been earmarked for use by The Bridge of Books Foundation, a non-profit organization

providing gently used and new books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout

New Jersey.




Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations


mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885

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