CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Children in one Camden neighborhood are once again able to grab a book and go, any time of the day. That’s thanks to some brotherly love.

Angel Jimenez of Camden believes in the power of books, especially for children.

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“Reading is very important for a lot of kids,” Jimenez said.

Brotherly Love: Children In Camden Once Again Able To Grab Book Via Angel's Book Ark Project

“He has a great deal of compassion for the neighbors here,” Tom Martin said.

Martin, started the Camden County Pop-up Library, giving books away on street corners and in soup kitchens. He also started the Book Ark Project. To Angel, the sturdy wooden box, hand-painted by high schooler Nina Tan, was just what the neighborhood needed.

“As soon as I got it, kids was coming from different directions to pick up a book,” Jimenez said.

“Kids pick up books out of there, 24-7, they don’t have to return them, they can keep whatever they want,” Martin said.

“It brings joy to me. It brings a lot of joy,” Jimenez said.

About a month ago, Jimenez came outside, and his book ark was gone.

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“Oh, it broke my heart. It broke my heart because the kids were really into coming and getting a book every day,” Jimenez said.

On Tuesday, salvation arrived.

“I’m a Noah. I’m a Noah,” John Martin said.

Jimenez’s “Noah” was John Martin — no relation to Tom. He’s a retired dentist who designed and built the book arks.

“It’s beautiful,” Jimenez said. “My kids around here is gonna love it.”

Jimenez’s new ark was hand-painted by Nina’s younger brother, Jeffrey Tan. John Martin added signage and a tall flag.

“It sends me to paradise. This is heaven,” Martin said. “This is the way life should be, spreading knowledge.”

Jimenez said he expects the books in his newly-stocked ark to disappear by the end of the day, which to him, is the point.

“Back in my day, when I was growing up, nobody did that,” Jimenez said. “Why not do it now for the kids these days coming up in Camden? Maybe this tradition can keep going.”

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Ukee Washington