Community Book Drive: collecting books August 1 – September 20

Published August 30, 2017

The 6th Annual 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. Collected books will be sorted during the United Way’s annual Day of Caring on September 28th and distributed to at-risk children in Washington County to enhance our efforts to improve literacy rates. Last year more than 14,000 children’s books were collected and distributed to 30+ community organizations and schools to get them into the hands of at-risk children.  More than 50 businesses, organizations, and houses of faith participated in the collection.  Let’s do it again!

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 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 Poster
Book Drive Drop Off (for collection box)
Book Drive Collection Sites (updated regularly with new additions)

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)

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.

BEACON House, Inc.

59 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.  M-F 9-2:30
131 W Main St, Hancock. M-F 8:30-3:00
231 N Main St, Boonsboro.  M-F 9-5
940 Frederick St., Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-4, F 9-6
1326 Salem Ave., Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-5, F 9-6, Sat 9-noon
1625 Dual Hwy, Hagerstown.  M-F 8-5
1800 Dual Hwy, Suite 100, Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-5, F 9-6, Sat 9-noon
17601 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-5, F 9-6, Sat 9-noon
13232 Fountainhead Plaza, Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-5, F 9-6
13418 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-4, F 9-6
22940 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg.  M-Th 9-5, F 9-6, Sat 9-noon

Boonsboro Middle School

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

City Hall, Hagerstown
1 E Franklin, Hagerstown, MD.  M-F 8-4:30.

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

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

Desert Rose Cafe
42 N Conococheague St, Williamsport.  M-Sat 8-8, Sun 9-8

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

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

First United Bank
130 South Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-3, Fri 9-7, Sat 9-noon.
1646 Wesel Boulevard, Hagerstown.  M-Th 9-3, Fri 9-7, Sat 9-noon.
100 S Main St, Smithsburg.  M-Th 9-3, Fri 9-7, Sat 9-noon.
209 Main St, Myersville.  M-Th 9-3, Fri 9-7, Sat 9-noon.

Goodwill Industries

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 Community College

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.

Herald-Mail Media
100 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown.  M-F 8-5.

Hospice of Washington County
Hospice office:  747 Northern Parkway, Hagerstown.  M-F 8-5.
Boonsboro Community Life Center, 28 N. Main St., Boonsboro.  M-F 8-5.
Hagerstown Community Life Center: 20 W. Washington St., 2nd floor, Hagerstown. M-F 10-4.
Hancock Community Life Center:  126 N. High St. 2nd Floor, Hancock.  M-F 10-4

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

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

Mulberry Lofts
22 N Mulberry St, Hagerstown

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

North Hagerstown High School Key Club

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.  M-Th 8:30-6, F 8:30-7, Sat 9-noon

Potomac Case Management

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

Salem United Methodist Church

The Salvation Army

Smithsburg Elementary School

Smithsburg Middle School

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

St. John’s Episcopal Church
101 St. Prospect St., Hagerstown.  M-F 8:30-4:30.

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
601 W. Washington Ave., Hagerstown. M & F 9-noon, T, W, Th 9-2

Tri State Civitan
Books can be dropped off during the quarter auction Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Funkstown American Legion- doors open at 12:30- auction starts at 1pm.

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

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

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

University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH)
32 West Washington Street, Hagerstown.    AFTER LABOR DAY:  M-Th 8:30 am – 9:00 pm, F 8:30 am – 5 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 2 pm.

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

Washington County Health Department

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

Washington Square United Methodist Church

Western Maryland Hospital Center
1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

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

Books will be picked up from all locations between September 21-27 by FedEx Ground volunteer drivers and will be sorted and counted on the United Way Day of Caring, Thursday, September 28.  Collected books will be distributed throughout the community where most needed for early childhood literacy programs for at-risk children.

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