Move over Oprah’s Book Club. Meet Baker’s Book List.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III plans to debut a reading list as part of the “Read Across Prince George’s” initiative he launched this month.
“Reading is the foundation to everything we do and key to boundless opportunities,” Baker said in a statement. “As I have mentioned on many occasions, I had many reading challenges as a child; however, the more I read, the more confident and capable I became. Reading opens doors and takes your imagination anywhere you want to go.”
The campaign is a spinoff of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” program, which promotes reading, celebrates the birth of Dr. Seuss and runs throughout the month of March.
Christy A. Lipscomb, a spokeswoman for Baker, said the book list will offer selections for both children and adults. The titles will be distributed before the end of the month.
“Some will be personal favorites of the county executive,” Lipscomb said. Other books will be recommended by the county’s Memorial Library, the Prince George’s Literacy Council and the county school system. Lispscomb said the public will also be asked to submit recommendations.
The “Read Across Prince George’s” program will continue throughout the year as Baker participates in several literacy activities, including visiting schools, reading at public libraries and hosting a “Read Across Prince George’s” roundtable.
The County Executive’s Office is joined by the county’s library and school systems, Bowie Baysox and Six Flags America in promoting the initiative. Bowie Baysox plans to donate up to 50,000 baseball tickets as incentives for a reading program that will be started in the schools as part of the initiative.