Several times a year, our family drives the 75-90 minutes to Baltimore, Maryland. Over the years we’ve enjoyed much of what the city has to offer including, but not limited to, sports, the aquarium, the science museum, and restaurants.
But our favorite by far is The Book Thing. Their mission is “to put unwanted books into the hands of those who want them.” All of the books are stamped “not for resale” and the price is the best part. They’re absolutely free.
Our youngest son’s third-grade teacher told us about The Book Thing about a decade ago, and we’ve been visiting several times a year since.
You can imagine our dismay last spring when we visited only to learn that a fire had destroyed about 200k books as well as the warehouse that contained them. The volunteers and community have worked hard, though, and the Book Thing of Baltimore recently reopened.
We’re so grateful to know that our beloved Book Thing is back in business! I have some books to take down from our community library. Once there, I’ll scour the shelves for newer releases to take back with me. Getting books into the hands of readers is one of the things I love best about being the librarian of my local community center.
The Book Thing of Baltimore is my favorite charity because without books the world would be a dreary place. Knowing that someplace like this exists where I can find everything from classics in vintage bindings, to recent and current bestsellers, to ARCs of books that haven’t been released yet…it’s heaven on earth.
Drop a note in the comments to let me know if you’ve ever been to The Book Thing, or if your town has some similar charity that helps distribute books to anyone who wants them. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to learn what’s on my “am reading” list as well as progress on my next book.