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Baileyville Girl Turns Love Of Reading Into Action - Dec. 12, 2012

CALAIS, Maine (WQDY NEWS)  -- Brianna Jack has taken her love of reading to kids in Baileyville.


She's started her own non-profit raising funds to get books to kids who might not otherwise get them in Washington County.


Brianna Jack is 9 years old.


So why did she want to do this?


"I do a story time and I wanted to do something more than my story time," she explained. "I love to read and I wanted to donate some books so kids can be happier at Christmas and other times so that they can learn to read and have books," she said.


Brianna just started Maine Books For Maine Kids a few months ago. She's been doing her story time since she was six.


Story time is every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Woodland Public Library in Baileyville.


Brianna's mom, Billie Jo Jack explains how this all got going.


"We both just came up with it and like she said, she did her story time and she just wanted to go above her story time. She really enjoys reading a lot and always has since she's been really little and she just wanted to help other kids be able to read. We thought sticking with the Maine authors would be kind of neat, too."


"We didn't realize there were so many Maine authors out there for children's books but there's a lot," Billie Jo said.


Brianna has been working hard to raise money to buy the books to be donated to underprivileged children.


Her mom said she's made over $800 selling her cookie jar mixes at different craft fairs and having her American Girl doll raffle.


Add to that, a $250 dollar "Happy Grant" from Lanette Pottle, the "Positivity Lady."


So Brianna and her mom have been raising money for Maine Books For Maine Kids project -- but then came the question of how to get the books to where they needed to go.


Someone suggested they contact Marcia Hayward, the Administrative Assistant for the Calais police department.


Because of the department's coat drive and toy drive project with WHCA, Hayward could make sure these books got to where they needed to be.



ABOVE: Marcia Hayward of Calais PD and Brianna Jack-WQDY NEWS PHOTO  


So on Monday afternoon, Brianna and her mom were at the Calais police station with a lot of books.


"I'm donating 70 books," Brianna beamed.


"All of the books that she's going to be donating are all by Maine authors or about Maine. She's going to continue past Christmastime, it's not just for Christmas. She's going to keep the organization going," her mom added.


Brianna said it makes her feel good to be able to donate.


"It makes me feel happy," she said.


Brianna has a Facebook page called -- Maine Books For Maine Kids.


If you'd like to donate, you can contact them at www.facebook.com/MaineBooksForMaineKids or PO Box 1002, Baileyville, ME.


STORY/PICTURE: Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm