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Book Fair

My thoughts and condolences and worries are with everyone in Boston. Everyone I know who might have been around there checked in pretty quickly, which was a huge relief. If you want to keep up with the news there without being overwhelmed by wrong information and videos of the explosions on continuous loop, the WBUR NPR liveblog has been pretty good so far.

* On to something positive:

The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School Library started yesterday.

Ballou is still operating at a serious literary deficit and so we are staying with them until they are busting that minimum standard and knee deep in all the reading these students could ever want or need.

The most exciting news for Ballou is that a new structure is in the works for the school and should be completed by January 2015. As the existing building dates to the late 1950s and is in disrepair, to say the project is overdue would be a vast understatement. But while the new Ballou is going to be a great and wonderful thing, it is not the answer to all its students' problems. The bright and shiny 2015 Library and Media Center will be 5,800 square feet of awesomeness but there is no money in the budget - nothing from the DC public school system - to actually provide books for its shelves.

Wrap your head around that fact for a moment, please. The library space will be grand, the library contents...not so much.

Buying books for kids you don't know is restful and fun and somewhat addictive, so if you have spare money, you should definitely try it out.

If you want to participate, go to the wish list at Powell's, pick out the books you want to buy for the library, and ship them to:

Melissa Jackson, LIBRARIAN
Ballou Senior High School
3401 Fourth Street SE
Washington DC 20032
(202) 645-3400

Be sure you get the name and title in there, as it's a big school and you want to make sure the books go to the librarian. Also, during the buying process, a screen will show up asking you to check a box for each book so it will be marked as bought on the wish list.

There are lots of books on the wishlist at or under $10.00. Even one book helps. If you can't afford a book, you can help enormously by passing on the link http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-time-for-annual-spring-book-fair.html on LJ, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

* And if you need a kitten today, here's some pictures of Jack when we first got him.

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