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LizzLoves Paperback Exchange in Belmar July 8, 2013

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Paperback Exchange, Belmar NJAs I’ve been settling into my new home in central Jersey, near the beach, many family memories have been floating into my mind. One fond one I have is an image of my mom cozied up in a beach chair, with a towel as a blanket. She is happily devouring a paperback novel, with her toes wiggling in the sand.

 

To this day, when I pick up an old paperback book, the smell of the pages reminds me of those summers at the beach with my family. So, it’s no wonder that, when I recently came across Paper Exchange in Belmar, NJ, I was instantly taken back to my childhood. This adorable shop—tucked into a little plaza in this shore community—not only sells used books at a healthy discount, but it also allows customers to trade in their used books for store credit.

 

If you’re a book worm like me, then just walking into this place will bring a smile to your face. The owner, Sharon, is ready with an inviting face and a helping hand. She knows the store like the back of her hand and can easily help you find a book if she has it. From YA novels and children’s books, to classics, thrillers and chick lit, this floor-to-ceiling collection has it all!

 

So, if you’re planning on hitting the Jersey Shore this summer, then make sure you add a visit to this spot to your list of things to bring to the beach:

  • Sunscreen (check!)
  • Chair & umbrella (check!)
  • Snacks (check!)
  • An fun read from Paperback Exchange…(check!)

 

Take my word for it: leave the iPad at home and take it back to the old school with an actual book 🙂 Plus, it can’t hurt to support a local store that has been in the community since the ’80s!

Happy summer reading! 

 

LizzLoves the Power of Youth January 9, 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2011 is already treating you well…or at least given you some inspiration.

I had a beautiful dose of inspiration when my friend MB (thanks, mama!) sent me an incredible New York Times article from this weekend’s “Education Life” section.

The piece, “Five Do-Gooders,” featured 5 young people (college age or younger) who have found innovative solutions to problems in their communities and beyond.

Take, for example, Elizabeth Jane Handel, a book lover from Massachusetts who realized that women in prison aren’t able to share the joy of reading with their children as her mother was able to do with her. So, Elizabeth founded an organization called A Book From Mom, where brand new donated books go to prisons for incarcerated women to share with their kids. When their children visit, moms pick out a special book to read with them, and then they can take the book home as a gift and reminder of time with their moms.

And then there’s Dallas Jessup, a spunky athlete who came to understand the power of her martial arts expertise through an epiphany about safety. While she knew she could defend herself easily, she recognized that most women don’t possess the knowledge or training to fight back against sexual assault or attacks from strangers. So, Dallas, with the help of a professor from a local community college, shot a film called “Just Yell Fire” that teaches young women how to use self-defense when they are threatened.

Imagine??? These young women launched these initiatives before even entering college! I can’t wait to see what they will do next! Changing the world, one young woman at a time.

To read more about Elizabeth and Dallas (and 3 other up-and-comers) in the complete New York Times article, “Five D-Gooders.”