Sunday, July 17, 2011

*UPDATE - New Address* Ballou Senior High School Library Needs Your Help!

Danielle from Frenzy of Noise has brought it to my attention that a school in Washington, DC, a school that is desperately in need of books for its students, is currently holding a book drive. Now I know not everyone can donate, but if you can spare a few books, then please consider sending them to the school.
"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."
As an online community of bloggers, readers, authors, aspiring authors, and friends, we have done things in the past year that no one could have imagined. When our favorite authors are attacked, we respond, when the young adult genre is attacked, we respond; as Danielle said, "I know I'm part of a community that bands together to stand up for literary injustice, backlash, plagiarism and everything in between. We build hashtags on Twitter and give small ideas a way to be big. We're awesome."

She found out about this high school through her MFA program. The director of her program sent this over to her:
"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:

The Art of Living Center
International Association for Human Values
c/o Filiz Odabas-Geldiay
2401 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

There should be a note inside donation boxes that says:
Green Line Initiative Book Drive
attn: Lisa Pegram

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're here, so I challenge you to be part of this.

If you can help, please do!


Patricia's Particularity said...

I am sending books ASAP :)

Alexa said...

I wish I had some books left to send but I've already sent out a lot to different charities. Thank you for letting us all know about it. The blogging world is great and I hope the library will receive a lot of books for those kids.

Candace said...

Well I guess I know where this months stack of books is going! I was planning on bringing them to the JDC but this school is definitely in much more need. I'll do a deep and thorough cleaning and will likely send some books that are hard to part with, but that I know they'll enjoy. Thank you for blogging about this because I hadn't heard about it yet. I'll get a post up tomorrow as well.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Patricia - YAY!!

Alexa - No worries. I've been hearing about such positive response so far, so I have a feeling the school will have more than a few boxes heading their way.

Candace - Aww, that is so sweet Candace. I have a feeling both this school and the JDC appreciate all you do/done for them. I know you mention buying books to donate a lot and it really is so kind of you to take the time to consider places that could use the books.

Reading Angel said...

Thanks for bringing this to Candace's attention (and mine by I just put in an amazon order and will be sending the books over as soon as they get here!

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