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Reading Digest

April 29, 2001

More than $48,000 received in fund-raiser

BALTIMORE -- More than $48,000 has been generated in the annual Phantom Ball fund-raiser on behalf of the Baltimore Reads literacy organization.

The fund-raiser uses an imaginary event to generate donations for the group's literacy programs -- more than $500,000 in nine years. Last year, Baltimore Reads received more than $40,000 from the Phantom Ball from more than 130 donors.

Although Baltimore Reads encouraged people to donate before April 1, the organization is still accepting donations. Donors can contact Baltimore Reads by visiting the Web site at www.baltimore or by calling the organization at 410-752-3595.

Elementary's event to have magic carpet ride theme

CARNEY -- Children at Carney Elementary School in Baltimore County will take part Friday in a storytelling and theater presentation with a magic carpet theme intended to encourage reading, sponsored by Carpet One, a national carpet retailer.

In addition to performances of fables, fairy tales and poems that involve pupils and teachers, the event will present books for the children. The Carpet One Magic Carpet Time Tour has visited more than 400 schools nationwide since it began in the fall.

Annapolis volunteers near 500 hours of reading aloud

ANNAPOLIS -- Officials from USinternetworking, an Annapolis company, expect volunteers to log more than 500 hours reading in Annapolis-area elementary schools through the end of this school year.

More than 30 volunteers from UsiConnects, an employee charity of USinternetworking, took part in the Read Across America Day national literacy campaign March 2, which involved reading to schoolchildren. The volunteers recently donated 1,830 books to seven Annapolis elementary schools.

Dr. Seuss books donated to Carroll County hospital

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll Association of School Employees recently donated a collection of Dr. Seuss books to the Women's Place at Carroll County General Hospital as part of the Read Across America Day literacy event.

The books were given to CASE by Random House Publishers. In the past two years, CASE has donated books to the hospital's pediatrics unit and Family BirthPlace.

Towson library continues work on `Reading Garden'

TOWSON -- Work continues on the Reading Garden project at the Towson library, to create an outdoor reading space at the York Road facility.

The project will feature a bench and landscaping that includes plants and flowers. In addition, art students from Towson University are converting an empty concrete pad into a "faux fish pond."

Project contributors include Towson Business Association, Towson University, Woman's Club of Towson, Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association, Lutherville Garden Club, Garden Club of Stoneleigh and Baltimore County Flower Growers.

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