Maryland Book Bank

The Maryland Book Bank has provides new and gently used children's books to disadvantaged families in Baltimore. 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 Maryland 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

http://marylandbookbank.org/directions.html

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 Maryland Book Bank.  In case the guard is not at the desk, we'll post a phone number for the Book Bank 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 .

 

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  • carol d.

    I was expecting a more social experience but everyone was intent on her work. I've recently had surgery on my knee and so the constant walking was painful after a while.

    May 17, 2014

    • Mitch

      Volunteer events are generally pretty busy, so we often try to go somewhere for lunch afterwards (if there's enough interest).

      May 18, 2014

  • Mitch

    I'm under the weather this morning, so it doesn't look like I'm gonna make it today. (I think I've got a migraine from too many hours at work this week.)

    Wish I could make it, but you guys will be in good shape with the volunteer coordinators at the Book Bank warehouse.

    I'm planning on being there next time. See you then.

    May 17, 2014

    • Craig A.

      Thanks for setting this up. How you get feeling better.

      May 17, 2014

    • Mitch

      I seem to be a lot better today, thanks. Hope everyone had fun at the event, and that I'll be able to make it next time.

      May 18, 2014

  • Mitch

    Reminder to first time volunteers: The gate to the MD Book Bank is tricky to find. PLEASE remember to review the directions in the event info.

    May 16, 2014

  • Mitch

    FYI, if the weather is favorable we sometimes volunteer outdoors. Probably a good idea to wear and/or bring sunblock, just in case.

    May 15, 2014

  • Mitch

    We're just about full for this event -- looks like there will be a waiting list soon!

    If you can't make it on Saturday, PLEASE remember to update your RSVP no later than this Thursday, in order to give advance notice to anyone who's on the waiting list that is being moved up to the volunteer list.

    May 13, 2014

  • Gregg

    I'm gonna miss the Saturdays volunteering at the food and book banks, and the great people I volunteered with. Thank you Mitch for setting all these events up. God Bless you guys and gals!

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Mitch

      Best of luck Gregg. If you ever find yourself back in town and want to join us at an event, let me know.

      May 8, 2014

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