"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.
*UPDATED ADDRESS*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!