Donations To Baltimore Reads Book Bank Give Those In Need Access To Free Books

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Books are crucial to a child’s education, but sadly many don’t have access to them.

Gigi Barnett has more on how you can help a Baltimore book bank.

Encouraging her kids to read is critical for Lara Wrigley.

“Reading is the foundation for learning in their lives,” Wrigley said.

That’s why she brings them to the Baltimore Reads Book Bank.

“We get most of our books from the community, generous people who will go through their closets and donate whatever they have,” said Mark Feiring, Baltimore Reads Book Bank.

The book bank is a nonprofit that gives out free books to teachers, organizations or parents who need them.

One of their main goals is to reach low-income kids who many times don’t have access to good books.

“If you can’t read, you can’t learn. So for these children to have books in the home is extremely important,” Feiring said.

While they may looked stocked up, books go fast. So Saturday, organizers hope book lovers will donate.

“There are thousands of kids throughout Baltimore and the entire state that need these books,” Feiring said.

Wrigley is teaching her kids that reading is important. Her son has a message for other kids.

“Hey guys, there’s a book bank where every single book is free. You can go there,” he said.

The book drive is this Saturday at the Poly/Western parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. Bring any books — adult or children’s.

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