About Us

Cops’ n’ Kids Delaware Valley is a non-profit initiative funded by the community, supported by volunteers, and dedicated to expanding children’s access to books. It is a project of the AAUW Makefield Area Branch.

We collect new and gently used books through book drives; distribute books at community and reading events; and support classroom libraries, community and family service organizations.

You can visit us at our Facebook page:


The Cops ‘n’ Kids Team

Eileen Heitman

Eileen is a retired elementary teacher who continues to believe that literacy is extremely important for all people. She enjoys reading to children and listening to them read to her or each other. She is a grandmother of 3 who loves gardening and reading.

Kathy Shaginaw

Kathy teaches chemistry at a community college and writes chemistry books. Her passion for science education goes beyond her classroom into many projects in the community. Kathy loves to be creative in the kitchen and develop fun craft projects for Cops ‘n’ Kids.

Mary Auker

Mary is passionate about reading to children and enjoying all kinds of literature with them. She is a retired middle school reading specialist, grandmother of five, and grateful to be working with an amazing team of people at Cops ‘n’ Kids!

Connie Gruen

After completing a Masters Degree in History/Education, Connie taught Science in a private K-8 school, tutored reading and worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-12 before starting a career as a corporate recruiter.  In 2003, she and her husband Jerry moved to Bucks County from Brewster, New York to be closer to their kids and grandkids.  She joined Cops ‘n’ Kids in 2018, and especially loves every opportunity to “infect” kids with the joys of reading.

Jutta Saba

Jutta Saba came to the USA with limited conversational English, and she recognizes the importance of good language skills. She loves reading, and even more, she loves helping children explore the world through reading. Jutta was in metals research at Rutgers University, and more recently in organizing pharmaceutical meetings in America and Europe. Currently, Jutta is a part-time employee at Princeton University and, in addition, she has been volunteering at various community organizations.

Shyla Jagannatha

Shyla Jagannatha was born in India and came to the United States for higher studies, 30 years ago. She has a PhD in Quantitative Genetics and Biostatistics. She lives in Richboro, PA with her husband and teenage twins and, works as a Statistician at Johnson & Johnson. One of her fondest memories is how therapeutic it was to read to her kids before bedtime, when they were young. Because of experiences like this, she is passionate about Cops ‘n’ Kids’ mission and its outreach. In her free time, she loves to hike, cook and to travel the world. She is also a runner and has participated in many runs in the Philadelphia area. 

Kate Sweeney
Kate Sweeney was born in Minnesota, as the youngest of four, where she grew up appreciating literacy and children. She studied elementary education before moving to San Francisco, where she studied special education and recreation therapy. While there, she co-founded Project Insight Inc., partnering with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department. She currently resides in Yardley, PA, with her husband. Here, she completed her BS in Early Childhood Education. She retired to volunteer with Cops ‘n’ Kids and continue her passion for literacy and children.