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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

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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  • Carol

    You're welcome. The restaurant was nice. I never had Indian food before. It was too spicy for me. The waiter kept pouring me waiter The rice pudding and "bread" helped to cool my mouth off. I don't remember the name of the "bread." I'm glad I tried it and now I know what Indian food is like. Everyone else seemed to like the food and they were very welcoming. I'll certainly volunteer again, but I'll pass on the restaurant. Mitch, if I can figure it out, do you want me to post the two pitures that I took at BIG?

    June 23, 2013

    • Mitch

      Feel free to post the pix -- thanks.

      June 24, 2013

  • Mitch

    Thanks to everyone for volunteering on Saturday?

    How was Basmati? Yelp reviews seemed positive:

    June 23, 2013

  • Sam

    Where is the entrance for volunteers?

    June 22, 2013

  • Ken G

    Mitch, I will be a little late on Saturday, you can dock my pay See you about 9:30 am

    June 21, 2013

    • Mitch

      No problem. See you at 930.

      June 21, 2013

  • Frederick S.

    Turns out I must work Saturday

    June 20, 2013

  • Lori

    Ended up having to work!

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry had to cancel. something came up i need take of

    June 19, 2013

  • Mitch

    This event is almost full, so please don't forget to update your RSVP in case we have a waiting list.

    If you need to cancel, please try to do so by Thurs, in order to give enough notice to anyone who might be on a waiting list.

    June 18, 2013

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