As many of you know, I put up a monthly post over at Guys Lit Wire, a blog dedicated to writing about books that are of interest to teen male readers. Not that they aren't also interesting to teen female readers and/or some adults, but . . . well, you get the idea.
For the third year in a row, Guys Lit Wire is running a book fair. Last year, blog readers were responsible for sending hundreds of books to two schools located on Native American reservations out West. This year, our book drive is to benefit Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., which is in dire need of books on almost every topic. In a school of over 1200 students, there were only about 1150 library books earlier this year. That's less than one per student, whereas the ALA recommends a ratio of 11 books to 1 student. Like Colleen Mondor, who wrote the post I've linked to below, I have more books in my house than this school has for its entire student body. And folks, that ain't right.
There is a list of requests and more information about how to order books from Powell's for the book fair or to send requested titles at this GLW post. I hope that you'll participate if you're able!