Show and share your love of reading and give back to the community during The Great American Read. The possibilities are endless, from volunteering and donating books, to hosting a book club in your neighborhood. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Create a colorful bookmark and donate to a worthy cause (assisted living facilities, non-profit organizations, or youth centers).
Create a book lending bin in your neighborhood to help share a love of reading and engage with your community.
Host a Saturday book swap in your community/neighborhood using books from The Great American Read list. Then meet up again toward the end of the summer or early fall and discuss your favorites! Don’t forget to cast a vote!
Find a library that is participating in The Great American Read and ask them about upcoming activities related to TGAR. (check your local library)
Pick a novel from the list and read it as a family, with a few friends, or add it to your book group. When you are finished reading, let us know what you liked most about the book and share on social media using hashtag #GreatReadPBS.
Designate an hour a week throughout the summer to read as a family. Grab some snacks and turn it into a reading party, hang out on the front porch, or read together at the dinner table!
Make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering or serving as a mentor. This is a great way to help children and teens enhance literacy and reading skills, and develop a love of reading.
________________________________________________________________________________Everyone deserves a chance to read. You can help make this happen by donating a new or gently used book to a local charity or organization. If you know someone in need of a book, point them to one of the following organizations
Booksavers of Maryland
Drop off a book at this not-for-profit organization that accepts donated books to be resold, reused or recycled.
Friends of the Library: Montgomery County (FOLMC)
Find an FOLMC bookstore and donate new and gently used books. Giving is easy, simply stop by their stores during regular business hours and staff will be on hand to help you.
Forever Free Books
Forever Free Books is accepting donations to help provide disadvantaged children with free books.
Grab some books and drop by a local Goodwill. They accept hardback and paperback books, including textbooks and encyclopedias.
Maryland Book Bank
Make a book donation! The Book Bank distributes over 150,000 free books to children, teachers, schools and organizations each year.
The Book Thing of Baltimore
It’s a good thing! This organization puts books into the hands of those who want them. Bring books and magazines when you come to browse, or drop them off in the after-hours bins.
Little Free Libraries
Pop by a little pop-up library to donate a book, or pick one up to share. The initiative helps increase access to books in the community demonstrating how “reading is everywhere.”
Velocity of Books
Take part in an organization that promotes literacy through the collection and distribution of books.
Donate to a Public Library
Many public libraries collect gently used books in good condition. Seek out your local branch for opportunities to give back.