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The Fall 2012 Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou High School

Start your month off right by donating a book to a high school in need! Colleen Mondor of Chasing Ray and GuysLitWire has organized another book fair to benefit Ballou High School. Thanks to Colleen and those who have supported the previous book fairs, the number of books in the Ballou High School library has grown, but they still fall very short of the American Library Association (ALA) standard for number of school library books per student, which is set at 11:1 (eleven books per kid). Let's fill those shelves!

This Fall Book Fair for Ballou will run from Monday, October 1st through Sunday, October 14th. You may donate books by simply visiting the book wishlist for Ballou at the Powell's Books website.Colleen's directions:
It is perfectly fine to purchase used copies of a book (more bang for your buck) but please check and make sure the book is in “standard” used condition and not “student owned”. (You will have to click on the title and leave the wish list to check this). The “student owned” copies are very cheap for a reason - they are written in and thus not a good choice for this effort. Also, be on the look out for "sale" prices of new books which are really a fantastic deal. (And of course if you can buy new, we really hope you will!)

Once you have made your selections head to checkout and you will be prompted to inform Powells 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. Here is where the books are going:

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. And please know we appreciate you jumping through a few extra hoops for the wish list at Powells - this is a chance for us to support an important bricks and mortar independent bookstore and while it takes a little extra effort, we really think it's worth it.

Watch this video to learn more about the students of Ballou.

Please share the links to both the wishlist ( and Colleen's post at GLW through email, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

As I wrote in previous posts about the book fairs: 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.
Tags: books, guyslitwire, pr

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