"The literature section of Ballou Senior High School's library in Washington, DC has 63 books, not enough to fill five small shelves. In the area marked "Pure Science," there are 77 volumes. The generally accepted standard for school libraries is 11 books for each of Ballou's 1,104 students."
77 books?! That's it. They should have over 12000 books just for the standard accepted for school libraries according to their student count. See how crazy that is? Books do so much to help educate students and help expand their creativity that I can't help but be sad that they have so little.
This next selection is taken straight from the program director.
"It's a challenge for kids to take their literacy seriously when they don't even have books to read. Ballou is located in the most dangerous ward in our nation's capitol. Right now, the library serves as a physical safe space and a refuge for students in off school hours, but wouldn't it be great if they had something to read while they were there--even choices across genre?....This is not the only school in the country with needs, but when the flare went up we saw it and chose to respond."
What they need:
Everything. From Shakespeare to Octavia Butler to Richard Wright. Fantasy, sci-fi, YA, adult fiction, history books, poetry, classic literature, science.
She said they would take anything as long as it is in GOOD condition and has no writing in it.
I've asked if they would accept ARCs, and the director of the book drive, Lisa, said YES.
How to donate:
If you have books you want to give, please mail them directly to:
c/o Margaret Pegram
128 M St. NW suite 318
Washington, DC 20001
Inside the box put a note that says "c/o Lisa P. Ballou Book Drive".
The school will be accepting books until August 22nd.
Also, if you'd like to include some kind of quick note for the kids, words of encouragement, that would be awesome!!
Spread the word!
Reblog this post on your blog. Tweet this post. (we're on twitter at #HSBookDrive) Tell everyone. Send books.
This is a chance for our community to step up, to reach out and to provide teens with books. This is why we are here, so we challenge you to be part of this. And thank you for any help you guys can offer!