The Books For Kids Day event has a touching twist this year: It's being dedicated to Anne Smedinghoff, the 25-year-old Johns Hopkins University alum who was killed in a bombing while delivering textbooks to school children in Afghanistan.
Smedinghoff, who worked in the public diplomacy section of the State Department, was killed along with three U.S. soldiers and a civilian employee of the Defense Department, according to reports in The Baltimore Sun. Those who knew her said the work illustrated her drive to help others. "She was always able to pull the best out of everyone," friend Paige Cantlin said at a Hopkins memorial service for Smedinghoff,
The Baltimore Reads Book Bank collects reading materials at the annual event, held in the parking lot of Poly Western High, and distributes them to children in need. Books For Kids Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.