Book brigade to help stock new Village Learning Place...

Reading Digest

April 30, 2000

Book brigade to help stock new Village Learning Place

BALTIMORE -- Children, parents and members of the community from Margaret Brent Elementary School and the Barclay School areas will take part in a book brigade Wednesday to stock the soon-to-be opened Village Learning Place, at the former Enoch Pratt Free Library branch in Charles Village.

The volunteers will form a chain to transfer hundreds of books from storage a block away to the Village Learning Place site, at 2521 St. Paul St.

Village Learning Place, which opens Saturday, was begun after a grass-roots effort to have the former library, which closed in 1997, reopened and expanded. The center will include a circulating library, after-school programs, an educational garden, a computer lab and a family reading room.

Area Scouts to donate books for EXPO 2000

BALTIMORE -- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the area are expected to donate new and used books for libraries and low-income families at EXPO 2000, the Scouting organizations' joint event at PSINet Stadium Saturday.

The donations will go to Baltimore Reads' annual Books For Kids Day campaign, which aims to collect 25,000 children's books, through May 13. The Scouts' book drive is being organized and overseen by Heather Johnson, a Senior Girl Scout of Troop 862, at Fort Meade.

Sunny's Great Outdoors Inc., which is sponsoring the EXPO 2000 event, will also have book collection boxes at 11 stores as part of the drive.

Pine Grove Elementary to honor reading efforts

CARNEY -- Pine Grove Elementary School will hold an assembly Friday to recognize the school's work in the statewide Reading Across Maryland effort, in which 440 Pine Grove readers logged more than 18,000 books this month, on their way to a goal of 20,000.

The school's reading programs, include literature clubs for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders and dozens of volunteers who read and discuss literature in small groups with the children.

The highlight of Friday's assembly will be a performance by Principal Allen Zink in the costume of popular children's book character Captain Underpants.

Dyslexia support group announces name change

BALTIMORE -- Maryland Associates for Dyslexic Adults and Youth, a Baltimore-based tutoring program, has changed its name to Dyslexia Tutoring Program Inc.

The program, which serves about 120 low-income students and has 60 to 70 volunteers, is 15 years old and recently named Marcy K. Kolodny as its new executive director.

Information about the program is available by calling Kolodny or Cindy Foss, 410-889-5487.

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