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Essay winner buys books for new moms

"I went to the library, and I got different things that they have there, like different book recommendations and some information on how you become a library patron," said Dunn.

Dunn is an avid reader. She said she particularly loves the Harry Potter series.

Hospital officials applauded Dunn's community-minded effort.

"Ellis Hospital is grateful for the time and effort Abby put into her project that brings new mothers and their babies closer together while helping to instill a love for reading at an early age," said Cindy Farrelly, director for women's services at Ellis Hospital Bellevue Women's Care Center in an e-mail. "Abby is a remarkable young woman with a clear sense of commitment to her community, and we applaud her passion."

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