Community Book Drive: collecting books August 1 – September 12

Published July 3, 2018

The 7th Annual Community Book Drive will take place between August 1st and September 12th, culminating in the Book Sorting at FedEx on September 20th, the United Way’s Day of Caring.  The Community Book Drive is coordinated by Hagerstown Area Religious Council, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Rotary Club, the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), and FedEx Ground. Last year more than 14,000 books were collected and used to set up the new Community Book Warehouse, which is distributing them to community organizations, schools and individuals to get them into the hands of vulnerable children.

Everyone can collect books! Work with your churches, civic groups, businesses, and other organizations to collect age appropriate books, specifically geared to children ages birth through eleven (elementary school).

Donated books can be new or gently used, but must be appropriate for ages birth-11.  Any books in this age group are eagerly accepted, but if you’re purchasing, here is a list of Recommended Books.

Posters/flyers for collection sites and distribution:

Top 10 Reasons to collect books
Book-Drive 2018 poster
Drop off books here 11×8 (for collection box)
Book Drive Collection Sites (coming soon)
Book Drive Bulletin Inserts (coming soon)

If your group would like to collect books for the book drive, please contact Terri Gwizdala at or Kathy Powderly at or 301-842-4272.  Visit the Early Childhood Advisory Council website for more information about early childhood education and literacy in Washington County.

Books will be collected at the following participating locations:

(This list will be regularly updated as sites are confirmed/added.  Please note that locations without addresses and hours are not open for public drop-offs)

Bridge of Life Church
6 S. Potomac, Hagerstown. M-F 9-4

Church of the Holy Trinity

Clear Spring Middle School

Growing Tree Preschool

Hagerstown Rotary Club
Fountainhead Country Club. Wednesdays noon – 1:00

Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary Club
Academy Theater. Fridays 7:30-8:30 a.m.

John Wesley United Methodist Church
129 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.  M, T, Th, F 8-2

Patriot Federal Credit Union
North Point Branch, 18721 Longmeadow Rd., Hagerstown  M-Th 8:30-6, F 8:30-7, Sat 9-noon
Robinwood Branch, 11110 Medical Campus Rd #244, Hagerstown.  M-F 8:00 – 4:30

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church
141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.  Office open M-Th 8:30 – 2:30

United Way of Washington County
33 W. Franklin St., Suite 203, Hagerstown.  M-F 9-5

Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown
13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown.  Sun noon-1.

Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association (WCREPA)
Accepting books at Noland Company, 1350 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown. M-F 7-5

The Women’s Club

Books will be picked up from all locations between September 13-19 by FedEx Ground volunteer drivers and will be sorted and counted on the United Way Day of Caring, Thursday, September 20.  Collected books will be distributed throughout the community where most needed for early childhood literacy programs for at-risk children.

Volunteers sort books on the 2017 United Way Day of Caring at FedEx Ground

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