The Maryland Book Bank and One Book Baltimore showcase the innovative work to #endbookdeserts in Baltimore.
The Maryland Book Bank is a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods. In 2018 alone, they distributed almost 400,000 books. They offer three central programs: the Book Bank, a mobile Bookmobile (staffed by the Baltimore Ravens), and the Home Library Program.
One Book Baltimore is a collaboration among several local organizations to provide opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. The 2018 selection was Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and the 2019 selection was Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (click here to listen to the previous podcast with Jason!). The aim of One Book Baltimore is to use a shared text to connect Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members.