More than 5,000 books collected by employees...

BALTIMORE --

March 08, 1998

BALTIMORE -- More than 5,000 books collected by employees of the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services were donated to Johnston Square Elementary School last week.

The staff donations were made after the department learned of a severe shortage of books in the school's library.

Stuart O. Simms, secretary of the department, said he believes helping children learn to read can help prevent crime. About 75 percent of the inmates in Maryland prisons are high school dropouts and read at a sixth-grade level, he said.

TOWSON -- The county's libraries are sponsoring events this week for young readers, including:

"Hopping Hares," stories and activities for children ages 2 to 6, will be held at 10: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive. The program will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hereford Library, 16940 York Road.

"Winnie the Pooh and Friends," stories and activities for children ages 2 to 6, will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday and at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Road.

"Spot, Where are You?" -- stories and activities for children ages 2 to 6, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Towson Library, 320 York Road.

ANNAPOLIS -- The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is offering a "Mom and Me" book program for parents and 2- to 4-year-olds Fridays until March 27.

The group meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Arnold YWCA, 1517 Ritchie Highway. The cost for the series is $25 for YWCA full child members and $30 for limited child members.

Information: 410-626-7800 or 410-974-0147.

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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