2,500 missing library books shelved under ‘mystery’

It’s not easy to lose 2,500 books. But DCPS managed to pull it off when Woodrow Wilson High School moved to temporary quarters last summer at the University of the District of Columbia while its Tenleytown campus is rebuilt.. The missing volumes represent the school’s entire non-fiction collection, according to Pamela Gardner, Wilson’s library and media specialist. She said she last saw the books when she packed them in boxes for storage in the school system warehouse. They were due to be pulled when Wilson completed the move to UDC.

But the books never arrived.

“I even walked the warehouse looking for them,” Gardner said. “They weren’t there,” she said. Also vanished was a set of 40 DVDs purchased with a grant.

The disappearance came to light in an e-mail last week from Brian Minter, communications manager for First Book, a nonprofit organization that supports schools and libraries that serve low-income children. The group has given Wilson a $1,500 grant to help restore the collection. The school is also getting help from its senior class, the PTA and nearby Politics and Prose bookstore.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.


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