Earlier this week the National Geographic Society library wrapped up its book drive for Ballou High School. The drive was started after National Geographic library staff read a story in the Washington Post about a book shortage at the D.C.’s high school’s library. According to Ballou librarian, Melissa Jackson, the school’s library had only 1,185 books –- the equivalent of one book per student.
Librarian Alison Ince spearheaded the drive, asking for donations for Ballou, and National Geographic staff answered the call. In addition to books brought in by our patrons, staff bought over 100 new books on Amazon, and the Library donated extra copies of National Geographic’s Hampton Brown educational titles. The enthusiastic response exceeded our expectations, and the number of donations that flowed in during February and March meant that our reference room was even more filled with books than usual. (Fortunately, as librarians, we have plenty of practice squeezing the maximum amount of reading material into a small space.) And on Monday, sixty-eight boxes and ten bags of books were loaded into a truck and sent off to their new home. Jackson enthusiastically welcomed the new additions to the high school’s library. “I feel like it’s Christmas in March,” she said.