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Book Drive Launches

Governor O'Malley helps to launch Library Project Book Drive

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation today launched the next chapter of the multi-million dollar, multi-year Baltimore Elementary/Middle School Library Project.

In partnership with Baltimore Reads, the Foundation is leading a community-wide Book Drive throughout the month of March (Read Across Maryland month). More than 40 community partners have committed to place book drop-off bins at approximately 80 locations across the Baltimore area to collect new books for students ages 3 - 14. The Foundation is also partnering with Heart of America Foundation to purchase new books for the libraries and for students to take home and build their home libraries. Please also visit the Library Project’s new website at www.baltimorelibraryproject.org which launched today, along with the Book Drive.

Working with Baltimore City Public Schools, the Library Project is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated libraries in selected elementary and middle schools where existing public funding can be leveraged. Four of the libraries included in the first year of the Project are moving through the planning stage. In addition, the Weinberg Foundation is pleased to announce another $1 million in funding for the second year of the Library Project.

We invite you to follow the Weinberg Foundation on Twitter. For the latest on today’s launch of the Book Drive as well as the entire Library Project, look for #libraryproject.