The Book Thing in northeast Baltimore has been called a library without a return policy and a bookstore without a cash register. This amazing community institution has been giving away books for more than 18 years. Staffed by volunteers and stocked entirely with donated books, The Book Thing is the brainchild of Russell Wattenberg whose two decade-long commitment to the project has even survived a devastating fire.
Back in 2016, I posted a story on the tragedy (link) and passed along the call for help and donations. It’s been nearly 7 months since the store’s re-opening and I am happy to report that The Book Thing is bigger and better than ever. You can learn more about this laudable project and find out how to help on the website.