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A virtual story-time for children!
Wonderful books read by students and their pets!
About Me

My name is JP Kinney and I am a senior at Princeton High School. This is my rescue dog Miley! As a Helene Cody Scholar, I started Books & Barks during my sophomore year in order to bring some happiness to the children staying at the Princeton Hospital. As a child, I had to stay in the hospital many times because of a rare bone disease and I still need to be there for regular infusions and testing. I also face challenges with Tourette's Syndrome. I hope that listening to these stories, and meeting these students and their pets, will help to put a smile on your face! 


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about my project

About My Project

On October 26, 2008, Helene Marilyn Cody passed away on her 16th birthday from a brain aneurysm. The Helene Cody Foundation was formed to honor Helene. The Foundation's mission is to inspire youth to volunteer, to better their communities, and themselves. Each year, a group of high school students is selected to receive mentoring and funding for a community service project that they design and carry out over the academic year. As a Helene Cody Scholar, I decided to combine my love of animals with the importance of reading to create a way to raise the spirits of children staying in the hospital.


Thanks to a generous donation from the Cranbury United Methodist Women, I was able to donate a new Chromebook to the pediatric floor of the Princeton Hospital. The nurses hand out a card with information about Books & Barks to all the patients when they check-in. They can watch and listen to the stories on the Chromebook if they want. The nurses have told me the kids love listening to the stories!

Listen to the Stories!

Listen to The Stories!

Kona Macallister & buddy read
if you give a moose a muffin

Ariya bawa & marshmallow read
the jellybeans and the big book bonanza

Sophie Raymond & ollie read The rainbow fish 

Charlie Raymond & Willie read peanut butter & cupcake 

Jacob & Luke Bornstein & Chloe read ocean life

erik luijendijk & Bobo read have you got my purr?

Hannah Christopher & Mello read the thank you book

Kayla Christopher & MOjo read I promise

Aisling o'dell & Charlie read barnyard fun

Luke Foley & reagan

Caroline foley & Reagan read five dancing dinosaurs

Will Foley & Reagan read
cheep cheep pop up fun

Elizabeth Foley & Reagan read goodnight moon

Anshul srivasta & penny read
one more hug

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