Mission: To promote literacy through the delivery of free reading materials, adult basic and secondary education, and english as a second language classes.
Programs: Adult education program - baltimore reads (bri) offers free classes in reading, ged preparation and esol to adults ages 16 and up. We utilize a portable classroom curricula in order to transport services directly into the neighborhoods which need them most. We serve students in different classes at nine unique locations all over the baltimore region. We achieved gains in several areas resulting in increased literacy levels, better student retention and more students receiving their high school diplomas. Additionally, the ged testing office has also reported that several baltimore reads students were awarded their high school diplomas.
the book bank - the book bank augments school libraries and opens its doors to teachers, families, churches, head start programs, shelters, children's centers, social service agencies and community organizations. Targeted outreach programs bring free books, spelling bees, and storytellers to multiple locations around the city with a primary goal of encouraging the love of reading as a family activity. The book bank distributed over 90,000 free books to individuals and families.