Group hopes for 75,000 kids' books at drive Saturday

Baltimore Reads will collect them at Poly-Western High School

May 03, 2012|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Reads hopes to collect 75,000 titles at its 17th annual Books for Kids Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot of Poly-Western High School, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane.

The nonprofit organization, dedicated to fostering literacy, will accept new or gently used books and redistribute them through its Book Bank. It collects books for Baltimore-area schools, teachers, Head Start centers, social services agencies, community organizations and needy families. Since the book bank was founded 20 years ago, more than 1.6 million books have been collected and given away.

Picture books, children's fiction and nonfiction, paperback and hard covers, all types of young adult books, comics and graphic novels as well as infant board books are all welcome as are books written for adults, which will become part of Baltimore Reads' Book Exchange social entrepreneurship program.

Von Paris Moving and Storage, one of the drive's sponsors, will provide a moving van and employees to help transport the books to the Book Bank at The Baltimore Sun complex on North Calvert Street.

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