Librarian at D.C.'S Ballou High Scrambles for Books
January 24, 2011
The literature section of Melissa Jackson's library at Ballou Senior High School had 63 books one morning last week, not enough to fill five small shelves. In the area marked "pure science," there were 77 volumes. This is not because the students at the Southeast Washington school had scoured the stacks and checked almost everything out. Ballou's entire collection consists of 1,185 books, about one per kid. "What you see is what we have," Jackson said. "Keep in mind, this is a high school. We should be flooded with books."
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