Maine Books for Maine Kids Holds 5th Year Celebration

Making holiday cards for deployed soldiers at the Maine Books for Maine Kids event in Baileyville on Sunday are Brianna Jack, Anna Ward, and Eliza Jack. (Photo by Natalie Scott)

By Natalie Scott


On Sunday, October 1st, Maine Books for Maine Kids had their 5th annual celebration at the Woodland Elementary School. Maine Books for Maine Kids was started by Brianna Jack five years ago when she was only nine years old. “We originally started in Baileyville and we have recently moved to New Brunswick. We have a program over there too, but we still come back here for things like this. She has been able to donate over 7,000 books,” Brianna’s mother, Billie Jo Jack mentioned.

The event started with an anti-bullying walk that was led by a local police cruiser at 1:00 p.m. From there, kids’ games, train rides, face painting, and picnic story time took place. There was also a table set up for kids to make Christmas and Holiday cards to deployed soldiers. The Darling’s Ice Cream Truck even made an appearance for those who wanted a snack. Even though the ice cream was free of charge, donations were happily accepted and one hundred percent of them went straight to Maine Books for Maine Kids.

Brianna and her sister Eliza were able to read some of their books to the children who attended the celebration on the lawn of the school. Special guest, Baileyville Chief of Police Bob Fitzsimmons, read a book to the children as well.

By the time the event ended at 3:00 p.m., 45 books ended up being donated to children who came to celebrate childhood literacy.

Reading a book aloud to an interested audience is Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons during the Maine Books for Maine Kids event on October 1st. (Facebook photo)