Books for International Goodwill

For over 15 years, Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) has successfully recycled used books for productive use by those who need books for schools and libraries to improve literacy in developing communities around the world. B.I.G. is a project begun by the Parole Rotary Club of Annapolis and is now an independent non-profit entity. It's motto is "Spreading Literacy by Keeping Books Alive".

We'll be sorting books by age level,  and will pack them for shipment to overseas locations.  B.I.G. has shipped millions of books to Africa, Eastern Europe, and other areas of the world.


If there's sufficient interest,  we may go to lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant.


Directions and general info:

Directions to the warehouse can be found at

Most of us will be at the back of the warehouse, packing pallets of books for shipping.  Ask for "Mitch" when you arrive.

You'll want to wear some old clothes, since they might get a little dirty.  You may also want to bring a pair of
work gloves.




Note: You’ll be handling cardboard, heavy textbooks, pallets and tape applicators. Bring gloves to save protect your hands! BIG does have a few pair of light cotton gloves if you forget.

Sort books into categories (e.g. high school, middle school, elementary).  Signs will be on display for the various categories.

Packing: Take a new box and tape the bottom securely (3 or 4 strips lengthwise). If there are several/many of the same book, put them all in the same carton (two different ways to put books into box).

THE BOX MUST BE COMPLETELY FULL, LEVEL WITH THE TOP OF THE BOX. If the box isn’t full, it will collapse when other boxes are put on top of it, making loading difficult and stacking of pallets impossible.  If necessary, use smaller paperbacks to completely fill a box.  A box that is slightly overfilled is preferable to an under filled box.

Label the Completed Carton. Write contents on all cartons. Don't abbreviate. And if there is primarily one subject in the carton, write that on the box as well. It helps a lot on the receiver’s end in sorting.  Apply at least one Yellow B.I.G. label on each box.

Stacking the pallets. Three levels of boxes are stored on each pallet.  Each level is comprised of eight boxes.  Boxes should be stacked in a bricklayer pattern to distribute the weight and prevent boxes from being crushed.

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  • Mitch

    Thanks to Tammy for posting the photos. Sorry I couldn't make it this time, but the photos almost make me feel like I was there...!

    Hopefully my schedule will allow me to return to the warehouse next month.

    February 23, 2014

  • Mitch

    For the first time in months (maybe even years), I won't be able to volunteer at B.I.G. this month, due to a crazy work deadline this week.

    But everyone will be in good hands with the regular volunteers at the warehouse. It's a very well-organized event. They know me by name at the B.I.G. warehouse, but I'm not sure if they know about Central MD Volunteers, so just let them know you signed up with Mitch's group.

    February 20, 2014

  • Carol

    Mitch -- I've had a change of plans on Saturday and won't be able to attend. Go ahead and get sushi for lunch this time. Hope to attend in March. -- Carol

    February 20, 2014

  • Ken G

    Traveling again..

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry i have a previous engagement that day

    February 10, 2014

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