'Reading Makes Cents' campaign under way

TIMONIUM - The annual "Reading Makes Cents" read-a-thon to benefit Baltimore County's Even Start family literacy program is under way. Business and community organizations will gather pledges and read books from Tuesday through April 17.

The project raised about $33,000 last year for Even Start, which offers a range of child and adult education programs through the Baltimore County school system in an effort to deal with the literacy needs of entire families. Organizers say the program has helped more than 1,000 families during the past eight years.

Area schools win books in automaker's contest

ANNAPOLIS - Schools in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties each won $1,000 worth of books from Saturn/UAW when pupils guessed the correct number of books and basketballs loaded into a Saturn Wagon during the recent Read Across America Day literacy event.

Connor Gilbert made the winning guess for Windsor Farm Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. In Montgomery County, the winners were Jose Bordon, a first-grader at Fallsmead Elementary School, and Jennifer Ngor, a student at White Oak Middle School. The children also won tickets to a Harlem Globetrotters game and $100 gift certificates from B. Dalton Booksellers.

Award-winning illustrator to appear at library

RANDALLSTOWN - Child- ren's book illustrator and four-time Caldecott Honor Medal winner Jerry Pinkney will appear at the Randallstown branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on April 3, the latest in an annual guest author's series that dates from 1983.

Pinkney, who lives in New York, has illustrated more than 75 books, designed postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service Black Heritage series, and has received citations from the American Library Association, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award. Among his Caldecott award-winning titles are "The Ugly Duckling," with text by Hans Christian Andersen, and "John Henry," with text by Julius Lester.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for book sales and autographing, and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and available by calling 410-887-0770 or at branches of the library.

Manor Woods Elementary reaches reading goal

ELLICOTT CITY - Manor Woods Elementary School pupils and community read for 1 million minutes during their annual reading campaign, which began Jan. 5.

To accomplish the goal - double last year's number of minutes - pupils, staff and parents were asked to track their reading minutes on bookmarks. Each bookmark represents 50 minutes of reading time.