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Guys Lit Wire Hosts Book Fair to Help Ballou Senior High School

Guys Lit Wire (GLW) is hosting a book fair to help out Ballou Senior High School. This year’s event will run from October 1st to October 14th.

The library in this Washington D.C.-based secondary school currently holds 5,484 books in its collection. By the continuing efforts of this annual book fair event, GLW hopes that this institution will eventually be able to meet the American Library Association’s (ALA) standard of 11 books for each student. Those who wish to join GLW can purchase titles through Powell’s Books; refer to this list of 450+ books. From there, ship your order to school library Melissa Jackson.

Here’s more from GLW’s blog post: “After three previous online book fairs to help stock the shelves, we were already planning to return to Ballou but the news that libraries in particular were facing major cost cutting measures in the city has just strengthened our commitment. When we began with Ballou in 2011 there were just over 1,500 books in the library, or 1.25 for each of the nearly 1,200 students.”

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Guys Lit Wire Hosts Book Fair for Ballou High School

Guys Lit Wire (GLW) is currently hosting its annual book fair, helping Ballou Senior High School in Washington D.C. buy 900 books for its half-filled shelves.

Readers can contribute by buying books for the library through Powell’s Books. The video embedded above shows the actual library. The book fair runs until May 18th.

GLW  contributor Colleen Mondor explained in a post: “Ballou is very special to me as school librarian Melissa Jackson made such an eloquent case for her students’ need for more books. Her video, which shows so many empty shelves, really gave me reason to pause. There are probably more books in my house then Ballou has in this video and that is wrong in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin. At the time the video was made early this year there were just over 1,150 books on the shelves at Ballou; there are over 1,200 students in the school. So there was barely one book for each student (the ALA standard is 11:1).”