The Maryland Book Bank is working with over 660 organizations to ensure that low-income children have the books they need to become reading proficient from Pre-K to the 12th grade.
We are involved with several key programs and coalitions that provide vital cooperative relationships in the quest to ensure that Baltimore's children receive the educational resources needed to be successful in school, at home, and in the community.
Baltimore City Public Schools
The Maryland Book Bank has partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools to provide books to students enrolled at Intensive Literacy Site schools throughout Baltimore.
The Baltimore Coalition for Grade Level Reading
A collaborative effort of funders, nonprofits and public organizations to close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers; raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards; and ensure that all children, including and especially from low-income families, have an equitable opportunity to meet those higher standards.
The Literacy Lab
The Literacy Lab’s mission is to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life.
The Literacy Lab serves children from age three through grade three. We partner with school districts to help close the literacy gap largely by embedding full-time, rigorously-trained tutors in early childhood centers and elementary schools. The Literacy Lab also supports early literacy for families experiencing homelessness.
The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project
A multi-year, collaborative effort to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated elementary and middle school libraries in high-poverty neighborhoods where many students face academic challenges.
The Baltimore Ravens
The Maryland Book Bank has partnered with The Baltimore Ravens to provide a mobile library that will serve the children of the Baltimore area. The Bookmobile is packed with close to 2,500 books that children can keep for their own home library.
Baltimore Curriculum Project
A nonprofit that operates a network of neighborhood charter schools in East Baltimore: City Springs Elementary/Middle School, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Wolfe Street Academy. Mission: To develop, implement and advocate for an innovative, sustainable, and replicable education model that improves student outcomes. Thus, raise educational standards and opportunities for disadvantaged youth and Baltimore City Schools.
Maryland Family Network
Maryland Family Network was formed in 2009 with the merger of two leading nonprofit organizations– Maryland Committee for Children, founded in 1945 to advocate for high quality child care, and Friends of the Family, founded in 1986 to administer Maryland’s network of Family Support Centers.
Maryland Family Network partners with community organizations in order to make sure that all young children and their families have the resources to learn and succeed.
Better World Books
Better World Books is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by collecting material from libraries, bookstores, college campuses through the community and in other areas where surplus materials exist. It then sells those used books and contributes a portion of the revenue on each sale to support literacy, libraries and education. Books that cannot be sold are frequently donated to at risk communities in the U.S.