Librarians for a Cause

NJLA’s Urban Libraries section has made a tradition of sponsoring a charitable drive for a local organization in need each year at the NJLA conference. 

This year they have happily partnered with with NJLA’s Diversity & Outreach and the Small Libraries sections, who have joined as sponsors of a Clothing Drive for teens in the care of Covenant House in Atlantic City.   Since 1989, Covenant House New Jersey has been providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and an array of other important services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21.  Their doors are open 24 hours a day for youth in need. 

Covenant House NJ provided us with a list of items their kids are currently in most need of.  We hope that you will consider supporting these kids by remembering this list on your next shopping trip:

  • Belts (black/leather--mens and womens, sizes S-XXXL)
  • Beach towels
  • Small duffle bags (not back packs but more like overnight bags)
  • Plain tee shirts (white, black, grey), Sizes S-XXXL
  • Umbrellas

These items will be collected at the section promotions tables throughout Tuesday and most of Wednesday, May 17th and 18th.  The tables for Urban Libraries, Diversity & Outreach and Small libraries will all be situated in the same general area. 

Covenant House New Jersey:  You can learn more about Covenant House New Jersey’s mission by visiting

Watch for this opportunity at the conference, and remind your friends and co-workers!  And thank you on behalf of the Urban Libraries, Diversity & Outreach, and Small Libraries sections, and of Covenant House NJ.

Need some suggestions on what to buy?

You can always shop locally, or, if you shop by Amazon, you can benefit the youth of Covenant House AND NJLA at the same time, by choosing NJLA as your charity in your Amazon account. Just follow this link to search for NJLA.

For starters, here are some nice basic cotton t’s for women and men: Black, Gray or White, size s-xxxl Black, Gray or White, size s-xxxl


Go in with a friend, and help with some fresh basic clothing items.