Runs through Dec. 14. Accepting new and gently used books for elementary school aged children (Pre-K through fifth grade).

While the Literacy Council serves adult literacy needs, providing appealing, age-appropriate books to children fosters literacy at a young age and helps to break the cycle of low literacy in families. The books will be given to parents of children in elementary school who are participating in the Literacy Council’s tutoring or class instruction programs. The Literacy Council works directly with the Judy Center and Lincoln, Hillcrest and Waverley Elementary Schools to provide tutoring at the schools for parents whose children attend these schools, and many of our other students also have young children with whom to share the books.

Suggestions for younger grades include: board books, picture books (fiction and nonfiction), early chapter books; and for older grades: mid-grade chapter books, paperback series, graphic novels, and STEM titles.

To participate in the Holiday Book Drive, you may purchase and donate books between November 14 and December 14 at Curious Iguana ( in downtown Frederick (12 N. Market St.) – please designate your purchase to the Literacy Council’s Holiday Book Drive and Curious Iguana will collect them in a bin at their store.

Or you may simply purchase a book (or bring a gently used one) and drop it off at the Literacy Council’s office at 110 E. Patrick St. no later than December 14.  There will be a bin for the books in the outer lobby. The lobby is open M-F from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Curbside dropoff can be arranged by appointment with requests sent to

Donors often like to share a childhood favorite or just encourage the habit of reading in a child. We request no religious holiday themed books so that we are not limited in distributing them.

The Holiday Book Drive, now in its 14th year, has provided books for several local agencies including Head Start, the YMCA’s Early Learning Center, Toys for Tots, Advocates for Homeless Families, Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP), and Blessings in a Backpack.


  • Starting Saturday, November 14th, 2020, repeated every day until Monday, December 14, 2020 — all day


Literacy Council of Frederick County

110 E. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701

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