How do I find, collect, beg, borrow (but not steal) new books for a school library that is filled with 30 year old, out of date, books?
September 15, 2011 7:28 PM Subscribe
Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.)
When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools.
posted by dejah420 to Education (63 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
See, we share a tax district with Plano schools, which means I pay as much in tax to the county as if I lived in Plano...and while Plano kids get free laptops and football stadiums and orchestras and gardening classes, our schools get no funding and 30 year old books in the library. Welcome to school in America, where the rich get everything, and the rural students get bupkiss.
I want to do something to get newer books in to the library stacks, but I'm not even sure where to begin. Obviously, I don't have the resources to replace the stacks out of my own budget. If you were trying to get a metric ton of books delivered to a school filled with kids who have never seen new library books, where would you start?
As far as tax disbursement is concerned, I'm researching where to start addressing that problem. We've just moved into this district this year, and one of the reasons I bought the house was because it was in a county that had such outstanding education. I had no idea that one city (Plano) was siphoning off all the money and not giving any of it to the tiny little school districts in the county...and while I'm willing to chase that dragon to try and right that wrong, in the meantime, I'd like to get new(ish) books into the hands of these kids.
Mefi is a fantastic collection of people who know how to do damn near everything. Help me figure out how put books in the hands of poor kids.