Community Book Drive: collecting books August 1 – September 12

Published August 15, 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 Bulletin Inserts
Top 10 Reasons Inserts
Book Drive Collection Sites (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)

106.9 The Eagle

A to Z Insurance Services, LLC
10226 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 4007, Williamsport.  M-F 9-5, Th 9-7

Antietam Tree & Turf
405 N Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown.

Association of Builders and Contractors
530 North Locust Street, Hagerstown.  M-F 9-4

BEACON House, Inc.
Located at Mulberry Lofts, 22 N Mulberry St, Hagerstown

Boonsboro High School

Boy Scouts of America, Mason-Dixon Council

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

Christ’s Reformed Church
130 W. Franklin Street, Hagerstown.  M-F 9-3:30

Church of the Holy Trinity
17805 Oak Ridge Dr, Hagerstown.  Tues & Wed 1:30-5:30, Sun 9-12:30

City of Hagerstown Community and Economic Development
14 North Potomac Street, Suite 200A, Hagerstown.

Clear Spring Middle School

Concordia Lutheran Church
17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown. Tues-Th 9-noon, Sun 8-noon

Congregation B’Nai Abraham
53 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown.  M, W, F 8:30-1:30

David Pool, Realtor

Discovery Station
101 W Washington St, Hagerstown.  Tues-Sat 10-4

Doing Better Business (formerly WPS)
14500 Byers Rd, Hagerstown.  M-F 8-5

Family Life Ministry AME Church

First Christian Church
1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. M,W,Th 8-5; Tu 8-2:30; F 8-4

Growing Tree Preschool

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown.  M-F 9-noon and 1-4.  Use Mulberry St. entrance.

Hagerstown Police Department
50 N Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown. Lobby M-F 8-6.

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

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

Hamilton Nissan
1929 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.  M-F 8-8, Sat 9-6

Haven Lutheran Church
1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. M-F 9-1, Sun 9-11.

Horizon Goodwill Industries

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

Maryland Food Bank

MEC Electrical
221 McRand Court Suite #100, Hagerstown

Mulberry Lofts
22 N Mulberry St, Hagerstown

Noland Company
1350 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown. M-F 7-5

Otterbein United Methodist Church
108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown.  M-F 8-noon, Sundays 7-noon

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

Potomac Case Management

Purdue Global University
18618 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown in the Library. M-Th 8-6, F 8-4

Register of Wills for Washington County
Circuit Court building, 24 Summit Ave. Room 213, Hagerstown.  M-F 8:30 – 4:30

Smithsburg Elementary School

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

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

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boonsboro
64 S Main St, Boonsboro.

TSYS Managed Services
Myersville, Maryland

United Way of Washington County
83 W Washington St #101, Hagerstown.  M-F 9-5

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

Unity of Hagerstown
located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Rd, Boonsboro

University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH)

Washington County Arts Council
34-36 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.  Tues-Fri 11-5, Sat 10-4

Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Washington County Health Department
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. M-F 8-4

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

Western Maryland Hospital
1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.  9 am – 8 pm daily; box located in the lobby.

The Women’s Club
31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown.  M-F 9-1.  Container inside side door off parking lot.

Zion Reformed Church
201 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.  Sun-Fri 9-noon.

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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