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Monday, May 2, 2011

Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School

There are over 1,200 students currently enrolled in Ballou Senior High School in Washington, D.C.

There are approximately 1,150 books in their library.

Less than one book per student. Unbelievable. The American Library Association (ALA) standard is 11:1, not 1:1. Let's help fill Ballou's library with wonderful books, both fiction and non-fiction, and of every genre!

Colleen from the blog Chasing Ray, the mastermind behind Guys Lit Wire and previous GLW Book Fairs, has created a book wishlist for Ballou through Powell's Books. Colleen's directions:
Once you have made your selections head to "checkout" and you will be prompted to inform Powell's if the books were indeed bought from the wishlist. This lets the store know to mark them as "purchased" on the list. After that you need to provide your credit card info and also fill in the shipping address.

Melissa Jackson, LIBRARIAN
Ballou Senior High School
3401 Fourth Street SE
Washington DC 20032
(202) 645-3400

It's very important that you get Melissa's name and title in there - she is not the only Jackson (or Melissa) at the school and we want to make sure the books get to the library.

Spread the word! Share the links to both the wishlist + to Colleen's post at GLW through email, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs so we can get this library PACKED!

Don't let it stop there. If you know of a library, school, shelter, or hospital that's in great need of books and other items, give back. Rally up your co-workers, patrons, students, and friends, gather donated items (new or gently used), and donate them to your chosen organization or charity. Share your good fortune and good spirits with others.

Learn more about the Book Fair for Ballou: Read Colleen's post at Guys Lit Wire.

Click here to check out the wishlist and select books to donate!


Melissa Walker said...


Lorie Ann Grover said...

Love this! Go, Colleen, and GLW!

Stephanie Guerra said...

This is a GREAT initiative. Guys Litwire does amazing work.

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