Charlestown Residents Donate 5,000 Books to Help World Literacy

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 7, 2015) -- Residents of Charlestown Retirement community this week donated nearly 5,000 books to Books for International Goodwill to help recycle books for schools and libraries to improve literacy in developing communities around the world.

Books for International Goodwill is run by volunteers, providing an outlet for them to help the less fortunate improve their education and welfare. By sending thousands of books to people throughout the world the project helps them advance their learning and economic well-being.

The goal of the project is to provide the basic tools for educating the public both in formal school settings and through community libraries. “We believe that the route to world peace and prosperity is through giving people the tools to learn how to feed their minds, as a corollary to the philosophy that if you give a person a fish they will eat for a day, but if you teach them how to fish, they will eat for a lifetime," says Steve Francitsh, the originator of Books for International Goodwill.

This project was begun by the Parole Rotary Club of Annapolis, MD,  and is now an independent non-profit entity. Its motto is "Spreading Literacy by Keeping Books Alive.”