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📖 Book Drive ~ HUGE Success 📖

June 23, 2023

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you all for the outpouring of support for my book drive benefiting the Stanton Community Center! My office was overwhelmed by your generosity! So many books were donated that I was able to also donate to the Annapolis Juneteenth Festival’s Watoto Village for kids AND The Lighthouse Shelter!

The Stanton Center is a wonderful facility and has provided enriching programs for underserved families and children in the City of Annapolis for generations.

Thanks to your support, the Stanton Center has new books for which children and young adults

can choose to read at the Center, or to take home and keep!

Books have a lasting impact on children’s lives. Thank you again for making this book drive a resounding success!

I cannot thank you enough for your generous donations to children throughout Annapolis and Anne Arundel County!


In Memoriam

In the wake of last week's senseless gun violence, I urge everyone to come together, support one another, and show kindness and compassion to those who have been affected. A Candlelight Vigil was held this past Sunday at the Maryland State House and City Dock in Annapolis, members of the Annapolis community joined in honoring the lives of Nicholas Mireles, Mario Mireles Ruiz, and Christian Marlon Segovia. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and show solidarity to the families that have been impacted.

Ways You Can Continue to Help!


Summer at the Library📚

Since 1948, AACPL has held a reading challenge in an effort to engage readers of all ages and foster literacy and learning even in the summer months outside of school. Studies show that, on average, students will lose about 25% of their reading and math gains from the previous school year if they are not engaged in some sort of learning activity over summer vacation.

This summer Anne Arundel County Public Library Discoveries team is hosting pop-up libraries throughout the summer. This is the perfect opportunity to sign up for your free library card or check out a library book.

At the library, they make this easy and fun by working learning into their annual Summer Quest – a free game where participants of all ages can choose their daily reading or learning goal and earn prizes by reaching milestones throughout a 40-day period. The Quest is available in both English and Spanish so that all can play. I’ve been a participant with my son for years, and we look forward to it every summer! To sign up and see full details, please visit their Summer @ Your Library page.


Celebrating Annapolis High School’s Unified Sports Team

Congratulations to Annapolis High School for being one of just five high schools in the nation to be honored by ESPN and the Special Olympics as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School! This honor is given to select schools who ensure all students with disabilities are welcome and actively included as members of their community. I was honored to meet with the Annapolis High School Unified Sports Team, who truly embody the national standards of excellence in inclusion, advocacy, and respect on and off the field. Thank you for the visit, you all make our community proud!


🦪Oyster Planting Partnership

This past week we celebrated the planting of approximately 15 million oysters on the sanctuary reef in the Severn River! The project for Operation Build-a-Reef: Severn River is a partnership between the Severn River Association and Oyster Recovery Partnership. Together with support from our community, the operation has planted over 115 million oysters on sanctuary reefs in the Severn!


Annapolis High School Graduation 🎓

A HUGE congratulations to the amazingly talented 2023 graduating class of Annapolis High School! I was honored to be in attendance and watch so many bright young minds complete their high school journey. I’m wishing you good luck and success in your next stage of life, I can’t wait to see all that you achieve!!


Maryland Hall's Artist-in-Residence Program

Maryland Hall's Artist-in-Residence Program has artists that work in a diverse variety of media and styles. AIRs work in their studios throughout the week and can be visited by patrons interested in learning about their art or purchasing their work. AIRs have Maryland Hall residencies during which they can create and sell work, exhibit in the galleries and participate in community programs.

The Current Artists-in-Residence are Warren Hynson and Selin Balci. Opportunities for Residencies are available on the Maryland Hall website here.


Summer Jazz Camp

Looking for a unique and enriching summer camp for your kid? Sign them up for Summer Jazz Camp! Naptown Jazz Kids is holding a weeklong immersive day camp for rising 6th through 12th graders. The mission of Naptown Jazz Kids is to entertain, enhance and expand jazz to the greater Annapolis area.


Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Through the Power of Literature

Choose your next read from the library’s lists of books written by or about the LGBTQ+ community! 📚

  • Check out their booklists for kids, teens and adults.

  • Download books by LGBTQ+ authors in eBook and eAudiobook formats to enjoy instantly using Overdrive/Libby and Cloud Library.

  • Looking for more books written by LGBTQ+ authors? Use NoveList’s “Advanced Search'' feature to generate a list of books by authors with specific identities.

Explore information on LGBTQ+ identity, culture, civil rights, perspectives and more using our Diversity Studies and Opposing Viewpoints database.


My dear friend is the newest member of the MGA, Del Ryan Spiegel. He is looking for a full-time professional staffer for his new office (will be sworn in on 7/6)

If you know any staffers looking - please send them my way.


**Reminder, you MUST be a resident of District30A** You can learn more about my scholarship on my website & apply here: If you have any questions, please contact our office at or at 410-841-3211.


You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, legislative updates and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at or by phone at 410-841-3211.

Stay safe and healthy,

Delegate Dana Jones

District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County


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