Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—If there’s an adventure inside every book, Dr. Seuss is one of the best tour guides. The author is at the center of a campaign to collect books and inspire more students to read.
Gigi Barnett has more.
Everyone has a favorite story tucked between the pages of a book.
Now on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, a campaign to boost books in several city school libraries kicks off with a mega book drive.
“We’ll take any book, and we’ll make sure we put it in the library,” said Erika Brockman.
Brockman is the principal at Southwest Baltimore Charter School. The school will soon get a new media center, but it needs new books to fill the shelves, and that’s where the book drive steps in.
“They need to drop off these books. New books. If they’re used, hot new authors,” Brockman said.
Thanks to a partnership between several Baltimore organizations, collections have already begun and will continue for the rest of March.
Shirley Bigley LaMotte is the CEO of Baltimore Reads, a literacy organization. She says many children never see books outside of school.
“It’s horrifying. We have to stop it,” LaMotte said.
All of the books collected will go to four renovated city school libraries.
If you’d like to help, there are more than 100 drop-off bins around the Baltimore area. Many of them are at the state’s MVA offices.
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