Going digital. Last month, a 53-foot-long motor home passed through Ridley and Aston Townships in Delaware County as part of a nationwide campaign promoting digital offerings at local libraries. The Digital Bookmobile, brainchild of the Cleveland-based digital-book distributor Rakuten OverDrive Inc., stopped at Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center and Aston Public Library. Librarians were on hand to help guide would-be users through the e-borrowing process on touch screens and mobile devices inside the motor home. For more information, visit www.digitalbookmobile.com.
Kids helping kids. For two weeks in early August, wheelchair-bound students from HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy manned a table for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation outside their school in Spruce Hill and raised more than $1,000 for children with cancer. This is the second year the students raised money for the foundation, which was started in 2005 by the Scott family to continue the charitable work started by their daughter, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who died from neuroblastoma. "Our students, most of whom are nonverbal and have significant health challenges on top of their cerebral palsy, are engaged in giving back and supporting other kids and families,” said Tom Quinn, incoming school president. For more information, visit http://hmsschool.org/.
Chocolate meltdown. On Sept. 26, Camden’s Adventure Aquarium will host a Chocolate Meltdown Party to benefit ALS. The event, dubbed a “trick-or-treat for adults,” will include an array of chocolate treats (including chocolate martinis) and other candies inside the waterfront aquarium’s ballroom, which is set inside its Shark Realm exhibit. Proceeds will benefit Hope Loves Company, which hosts free camps for children whose parent or relative has been affected by the neurodegenerative disease. For more information, visit HopeLovesCompany.org.
Recognizing abuse advocate. On Aug. 1, the Rite Aid Foundation declared Chris Kirchner its 2019 KidChamp Award winner for her efforts in comforting and championing Philadelphia’s sexually abused children. Kirchner is executive director of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, which was created in 2017 to honor community members who support young people’s health and well-being. Rite Aid donated $10,000 to the alliance and gave Kirchner a $500 pharmacy gift card.