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Community Book Drive seeking childrens' books

September 06, 2013

 Now through Monday, Sept. 30, 47 businesses, churches, clubs and organizations throughout Washington County will collect children’s books for the second annual Community Book Drive.  

The goal of the book drive is to collect 10,000 books for children ages birth through elementary school for use in literacy programs for at-risk children.  

Books can be new or gently used, and a list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing books and want ideas.  

Last year, more than 4,500 books were collected and distributed to organizations such as the Family Center, Hagerstown Housing Authority, Tri-State Health, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, and Potomac Case Management, among others.  

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Partnering to lead the Community Book Drive are the Hagers-town Rotary Club, Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) and the United Way of Washington County, with the collection taking place in the month leading up to the Day of Caring. 

On the Day of Caring, Oct. 3, volunteer drivers from FedEx will pick up books from the various collection sites and take them to a central location, where another group of volunteers will sort and count the books and add stickers with tips for parents on how to read them more effectively.  

The Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative Task Force will determine where to distribute the books for the most effective use in increasing literacy skills for children.  Book recipients will be chosen specifically to meet the Literacy Initiative’s goals of increasing the number of students entering school ready to learn and decreasing the number of elementary students experiencing summer learning loss.  

Members of the community are invited to participate by dropping off books at any of the public collection sites.  

For addresses, hours of operation of sites open to the public, visit www.harccoalition.org or www.unitedwaywashcounty.org.  If interested in hosting a collection site, contact Kathy Powderly at kathy.harc@gmail.com or 301-842-4272.

For more information and resources on The Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative, visit hagerstownrotaryliteracyinitiative.org.

Book Drive Drop off sites   

The following are participating as collection sites:

28 South

A-Z Insurance Services

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

Battlefield Bible Church

Bulls & Bears

Christ’s Reformed Church

Christ Reformed Church, Sharpsburg

City of Hagerstown, Department of Community & Economic Development

Community Action Council

Concordia Lutheran Church

Congregation B’Nai Abraham

First Christian Church

First United Bank – all four Washington County branches

Hagerstown Community College

Hagerstown Rotary Club

Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary Club

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Hamilton Nissan

The Herald-Mail Co.

Homewood Suites

Kaplan University

Meritus Medical Center

New Joy Fellowship SDA

New Light Metropolitan 

Community Church

Otterbein United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown

Red Cross

Rotary Club of Long Meadows

Smith Elliott Kearns

Spread Your Wings Learning Center

St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Susquehanna Bank – all Washington County branches

Teens Have Choices

Triad Engineering

United Way of Washington County, MD

Volvo Powertrain

Washington County Arts Council

Washington County Offices — 100 W. Washington Street & 80 W. Baltimore Street

Western Maryland Hospital

Williamsport Rotary Club

Zion Reformed UCC


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