In Baltimore City Campaign hopes that fans take books...

Education Digest

August 08, 1999

In Baltimore City

Campaign hopes that fans take books to Oriole Park

Here's a checklist for today's game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards: sunblock, score book, baseball cap, glove, and a new or gently used children's book.

Sponsors of the Books to the Ballpark campaign -- a collaborative effort of Baltimore Reads, the Orioles and The Baltimore Sun Reading by 9 initiative -- are hoping that many of the 45,000 or more fans attending the 1: 30 p.m. game between the Orioles and Detroit Tigers will take the latter. They will be collected at Gates A, C and H.

Donated books will be distributed by the Baltimore Reads Book Bank to help needy families build home libraries and encourage reading as a fun activity, and to city public schools.

Children can win prizes with Internet book contest

Book Adventure, the free, Internet-based reading incentive program launched this spring by Baltimore-based Sylvan Learning Foundation, has logged close to 40,000 registered users -- about 1,200 in Maryland, where a summer contest offers admission to area attractions as prizes.

To enter, students can log on at www.bookadventure.org and register online with a parent or guardian. After creating a personal book list and reading the books, readers return to the Web site to answer questions on its "Quiz-O-Matic."

Prizes this month for those reading 10 books and scoring 50 percent on the quizzes include a coupon for admission to the Baltimore Zoo, Maryland Science Center or National Aquarium, or a two-for-one ticket offer for an Orioles game in August or September.

In Baltimore County

Library says more children are part of reading program

TOWSON -- No count is available on the number of books checked out, but Baltimore County Public Library says a near-record number of children are participating in its summer reading program this year.

By the end of last month, 25,482 children had signed up for the program, which offers incentives for reading accomplishments. By summer's end, the number is expected to exceed the 1992 record of 25,750 participants -- established before the budgetary closing of eight minibranches.

System spokesman Bob Hughes said the 3,030 children signed up at the Cockeysville Library marked the first time participation had exceeded 3,000 at a single site since the systemwide reading program began in 1982. Eight others in the 16-branch system also had a record response.

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