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Pop-Up: BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) at First Wednesday with UWGP's Brick & Beam Society

  • Maine Craft Distilling 123 Washington Avenue Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

Join the Brick & Beam Society on Wednesday, April 4 for our third annual Bring Your Own Book event! Belatedly celebrating the illustrious Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day (March 2) Brick & Beam Society is popping up again for the third year from 5:30-7:00 PM to support early childhood literacy in our local community with our friends at Maine Craft Distilling (123 Washington Avenue, East End).

This event is FREE and open to the public with plenty of complimentary off-street parking, but please bring new or gently used books written by educators’ favorites— Tomie dePaola, Anna Dewdney, and/ or Mo Willems, authors of childhood must-reads like Strega Nona, Llama Llama Red Pajama, and The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

In our inaugural year, Brick & Beam members and friends collected 150 books for Westbrook Schools’ annual author study series, where students across the district read multiple books from the same author; last year, we broke our stretch goal of 200 books for students in local Portland elementary schools! Can we beat those numbers and fill the bookshelves? Join us in booking it to get these authors’ titles in time:

Questions? Feel free to e-mail us at brickandbeam@unitedwaygp.org. First Wednesdays— our monthly pop-up happy hours are an easy way to meet some of our members, learn about our innovative way of approaching philanthropy thanks to our roots within the United Way of Greater Portland network. The brewery will be open to the public; all are welcome, but please RSVP by Tuesday, April 3.