County library system donates backpacks to first-graders

First-graders in Hamilton Township received colorful backpacks last week as part of the Atlantic County Library Foundation’s “First grade ... First steps begin at the library” program.

Staff members from the library system visited first-graders in the Hamilton Township School District and at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School to hand out backpacks full of goodies, including the book “The Riverbank” by Kenneth Grahame, and information about the Atlantic County Library System.

The Atlantic County Library Foundation says the program introduces first-graders to the wonders available at the library so they begin a tradition of lifelong learning.

The program is in its sixth year. See