It also means my kids read. A lot. We have well-used library cards. Barnes and Noble gave me a “frequent flyer*” card rather than a discount card. I cost them too much money. Amazon named me their favorite customer* and both the FedEx and UPS delivery guys stop at my house pretty much every day.
Get the picture?
Imagine my delight to discover, after having lived in Baltimore since 1995, a used bookstore that gives away books for FREE. Up to 150,000 per day, per person. No strings attached. Well, there is one string: you can’t resell the books.
How did I not know about this place?
Then I thought: maybe others didn’t know about it either. Consider this a Public Service Announcement!
This magical place of wonder is called The Book Thing of Baltimore, open on Saturdays and Sundays, 52 weeks a year, from 9 to 6. All books are free for the taking. Plus, if you have books to donate, there are weather-proof bins outside where you can drop off your pre-read materials.
Also, if you’re inclined, The Book Thing of Baltimore loves volunteers on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 pm. Just show up, stay as long as you can to help sort, stack and file books. If you’re under 12 years of age, you must come with a parent. Literacy is a plus.
The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc.
3001 Vineyard Lane
Baltimore, MD 21218