NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


January 7, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

ATTORNEY GENERALíS OFFICE RAISES 1,500 BOOKS, CURRAN CHALLENGES OTHERS TO FOLLOW SUIT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that his Office will donate over 1,500 books to the Baltimore City Public School system, in response to book shortages in many of the systemís libraries. In the spring, Curran requested that employees donate used or new books and he is calling on other area businesses, public and private, to do the same.

"No child should ever be denied an opportunity to read because he or she cannot get a book," Attorney General Curran said. "We try so hard to inspire our children to embrace education and open their minds to the joys of reading, that we are obligated to do more to ensure that they have the books to do so."

In addition to the book drive, Curranís Office donated $250,000 to Reading is Fundamental, in collaboration with Baltimore Reads, as a result of a 1998 settlement of an antitrust lawsuit against four toy manufacturers.

The books collected by the Office will be delivered to Baltimore City Public Schools, 2500 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore, on January 8 at 2:30 p.m. Attorney General Curran will make the official presentation to the Director of the Office of Instructional Technology, Library and Media Services.

WHAT: BOOK DONATION

WHEN: TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 AT 2:30 P.M.

WHERE: BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2500 EAST NORTHERN PARKWAY BALTIMORE

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