The Baltimore Reads Books for Kids Campaign...


The Baltimore Reads Books for Kids Campaign -- extended for two weeks beyond its May 30 collection day -- has brought in 21,032 children's books for distribution to needy youngsters through the Baltimore Reads Book Bank.

Last year's Bring a Book Day drive collected more than 36,000 books -- but fewer than 10 percent were the children's books most needed in the community, according to the nonprofit literacy organization Baltimore Reads.

The "ambitious goal" of the drive sponsored by WJZ-TV, Sylvan Learning Systems and Von Paris Moving and Storage was 15,000 books, said Books for Kids coordinator Eileen Gillan.

The campaign was supported by 75 book drives sponsored by businesses, schools and civic groups across Central Maryland.

The school bringing in the most books was Rodgers Forge Elementary in Baltimore County, with 1,082; the business leader was Caterpillar Financial in Columbia, with 1,106; and the largest individual donor was Katie Hesselton, 10, of Baltimore, who was inspired by a story about the book drive success of a Howard County girl and collected 2,300.

A baseball autographed by literacy benefactor Cal Ripken Jr., the grand prize in a raffle for donors, was won by Robyn Robbins of Sykesville, who brought in 100 books outgrown by her two children, Gillan said.

CATONSVILLE -- The county library system's Catonsville branch will hold several reading activities for children this week.

The summer book club for young adults will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss "Alien Secrets," by Annette Klause. At 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, the library will offer stories and activities for children ages 2 to 6 in a program called "Rainbows and Butterflies Galore!"

For children ages 3 to 6, the Mad Science program will feature a demonstration of air pressure called "Bubbleology" at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The library is at 1100 Frederick Road. Information: 410-887-0951.

Noted in brief

Computer analysis figures most commonly used words

If you were a reading teacher, which words should you teach first? The obvious answer is words that appear most frequently in English. Thanks to the computer, we know what they are.

According to Heritage Dictionary's computer:

Ten percent of all words printed in books, magazines and newspapers for children and adults are "the" and "of."

Twenty percent of all the words printed are "the," "of," "and," "to," "a" and "in."

Thirty percent of the words printed are the above, plus "is," "you," "that," "it," "he," "for," "was," "on," "are," "as," "with," "his," "they" and "at."

Pub Date: 6/21/98

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