“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” ~ Garrison Keillor


It’s that time of year again!   The warmer weather is approaching and the sun shining a little brighter.  Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner, which opens up the opportunity for more reading.  Through books we can explore other worlds, try a new hobby, expand towards new horizons of thinking.  In support of those who want to pick up a book and do more reading, The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. is launching its annual campaign Books for Bins.  Through this initiative, the foundation invites all members of the community to donate new and gently used books to The Exchangeree where educators can acquire them to share with their students.

According to the web site “Why To Read”*, there are several reasons why books are beneficial.


Reasons You Should Read More Books*

  1. To develop your verbal abilities
  2. Improves your focus and concentration
  3. Readers enjoy the arts and improve the world
  4. It improves your imagination
  5. Reading makes you smarter
  6. Reading makes you interesting and attractive
  7. Reading reduces stress
  8. Reading improves your memory
  9. To discover and create yourself
  10. For entertainment


Through Books for Bins, the sharing of books is a reminder of the importance of year-round learning in order to enrich, extend, and enhance student knowledge.  As stated in the foundation’s campaign launch, “books also help stimulate the following within our students:  to develop verbal abilities, to improve focus, concentration, and one’s imagination, to enjoy the arts and improve the world around them, to reduce stress and to improve one’s memory, for entertainment, a stress reduction and to discover oneself.”

Please join us as we conduct book drives across Baltimore County in an effort to support classroom libraries, begin or add to a student’s home book collection and to put a books in the hands of our children to share the gift of literacy.  If you would like to participate, you can visit the foundation’s web site and complete the Online Registration for Community Participation form and choose a date and time to drop off your new or gently used books to our collaborative educators resource centers, the Exchangeree at THE AVENUE or the Exchangeree at Windsor Mill.


The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools continues to bridge partnerships between the community and the district, supporting programs that are not supported through allocated funds from tax dollars. We look forward to sharing more information about The Exchangerees.


The Foundation is a 501 C (3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization, under Internal Revenue Service regulations to attract and direct public financial contributions to programs and activities of the school system in support of quality education for all children.

Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.