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Three Donation Sites Added to Collect Books for Bowiefest

A popular feature of the annual Bowiefest is letting kids pick out books donated by the community. Three more collection sites have been set up in town for books this spring.

A popular feature of the annual Bowiefest is letting kids pick out books donated by the community. Patch file photo
A popular feature of the annual Bowiefest is letting kids pick out books donated by the community. Patch file photo

Three more donation sites have been established to collect new and gently used books available for children during Bowie’s annual city festival in June.

The Bowie Reads program was established several years ago to promote reading among youth, Annette Esterheld, city liaison to the Education Committee, told Gazette.net.

Books are offered during Bowiefest, the city’s annual festival held the first Saturday in June. And, the committee’s booth features information for parents and guardians about the benefits of reading for children, she said.

“We have hundreds of children stop by the education booth, so we need hundreds of books,” Esterheld told the website.

The Bowie Reads program originally only collected children’s books at Bowie’s Tulip Grove Elementary School, but due to the program’s popularity, three more donation locations have been established. New and gently used children’s books can be made at Tulip Grove, 2909 Trainor Lane; Samuel Ogle Middle School, 4111 Chelmont Lane; and Benjamin Tasker Middle School, 4901 Collington Road, she said.

Donation boxes are in the school offices. Books can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of May.

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