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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 http://big-books.org/map.php

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.

 


 


SORTING AND PACKING GUIDELINES

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

    I'm already at the back of the warehouse, packing books. There's a book sale today, so the warehouse will be crowded.

    April 26, 2014

  • Carol

    Mitch -- Is Westfield Mall in Annapolis close to B.I.G.? Last year they remodeled the food court and put in two aquariums from the show Tanked. I'm going to check it out after B.I.G.

    April 24, 2014

  • Carol

    Mitch -- I updated my RSVP.

    April 21, 2014

    • Mitch

      Sorry, I meant Carol Daddazio. (I was responding to her earlier posting that she can't make it, but her RSVP wasn't updated.)

      April 21, 2014

  • carol d.

    Didn't realize this was in Annapolis and have made other plans since getting on the waiting list. Sorry, I'd like help another time.

    April 21, 2014

    • Mitch

      Carol: Don't forget to update your RSVP if your plans change. (I'm updating your RSVP for this event.)

      April 21, 2014

  • Mitch

    We currently have a few people on the waiting list, so PLEASE remember to update your RSVPs as soon as possible if you can't make it to this event.

    (I wish I could invite more people, but B.I.G. often has quite a few volunteers from other groups in addition to ours, so too many people makes things chaotic for the event organizers.)

    April 20, 2014

  • Ken G

    Work keeps interfering with my fun...

    April 18, 2014

    • Mitch

      I feel your pain. I've had to change my recent RSVPs to other events for the same reason.

      April 18, 2014

  • Carol

    Mitch -- FYI Discovered today that The Metro Diner has closed for good.

    March 29, 2014

    • Mitch

      Very disappointing. Just saw their announcement.

      March 29, 2014

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