501 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Reads Book Bank has provided more than 1,000,000 new and gently used children's books to disadvantaged families in Baltimore since 1992. Their goal is to spark family reading at home by making sure there are plenty of books available.
Volunteers are needed to help organize books at the Book Bank. On days when the weather is favorable, volunteer organizers at the Book Bank often arrange for volunteers to work outdoors!
This event has been very popular with volunteers who work with children. An extra benefit of sorting books for the Baltimore Reads Book Bank is the nostalgia trip you'll experience when you see books that you just might remember from your childhood...!
For those who are interested, we may go to lunch at a nearby restaurant after this event.
How to find the warehouse:
The Book Bank is located at the rear entrance of The Baltimore Sun warehouse complex, where parking is available for all volunteers.
The Book Bank can be difficult to find, so be sure to follow the directions at
The rear entrance on Guilford Road is a locked gate. In order to gain entrance, you will need to use the intercom on the left side of the gate and tell the guard that you're a volunteer for Baltimore Reads. In case the guard is not at his desk, we'll post a phone number for the Baltimore Reads staff, who will come out to open the gate.
One of our volunteers has made a short YouTube video (about 1 minute in length) that might help you find the warehouse. The video starts at the intersection of N. Calvert St. and E. Centre St., goes through the back entrance gate on Guilford Ave, and ends at the door of the Book Bank warehouse. This video can be found at http://youtu.be/I5cwEo_aKfQ .