Monday, March 29, 2010

My Town Monday: Scholastic Warehouse, Baltimore, MD

As many of you know, I was in Baltimore, MD the week before last. Doing lots of school visits. And....

I got to go on a visit of the Scholastic warehouse in Odenton, Maryland. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the front or the sign or something to start this post off properly.)

Here is a shot of one of the aisles. One of many. The warehouse is about 85,000 square feet. That's big. That's a lot of books.


A RANDOM close-up of one of the shelves.*


Many cases which will be filled with books, then shipped out to schools for their Scholastic Book Fair (SBF for short). A small book fair might get five cases. A large book fair might get 24 cases.


Here's a case, stocked and ready to go. A worker can stock 3.7 cases in an hour. I definitely could not work that fast. Even after a couple of explanations, I never really understood how you know which books go where in which cases.

Oh my. Look at that top shelf. Once again, totally RANDOM.*


Please meet Mara, Scholastic Employee Extraordinaire. Mara undertands perfectly how you know which books go where in which cases. She is also very good natured about being accosted by geeky authors. Mara has actually stocked many cases with i so don't do mysteries.


Part of the conveyer belt that carries the doodads (pencils, bookmarks, erasers, etc.) from this level down to the lower level.


(left to right) Joan Scarff, Field Sales Representative, SBF; me; Lynne Fiorica, Regional Field Sales Manager, SBF

Joan and Lynne: Thank you for the beautiful engraved bookmark, the POUNDS of licorice for the road, the delicious Italian lunch, and the camarderie. It was a delight meeting the both of you.

Thank you also to Patrick Hochberg, Branch Manager (I can't believe I don't have a photo of you!) for the great warehouse tour, for your interesting stories and for answering my inane questions. Of course, one of my first questions was: In all this 85,000 square feet, where is my Sherry??? *

Oh, and can you guess the date of my visit to the Scholastic warehouse?

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19 comments:

debra said...

Scholastic used to have warehouse sales for educators a couple of times a year. We used to love to go to them!

Solvang Sherrie said...

What an incredible place to visit! Funny how your book keeps popping up everywhere :D

Danyelle said...

I need one of those warehouses! *swoons at all the books* Yay for your books!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh wow--that is like heaven--all those books! What a thrilling field trip!

PJ Hoover said...

I love this post, Barrie! And your random shots are perfect!

Beth said...

I should have known Scholastic’s warehouse would be huge but still, I’m amazed at its size.
Love those random shots – what a thrill for you!

Travis Erwin said...

I quit enjoyed the randomness* of this post.

Teresa said...

Congratulations, Barrie! This was a terrific post. I love how many of your books are in the warehouse.

Sarakastic said...

I want to live there

Stacy said...

What a fun trip!

Kelly Hayes said...

I hope it was St. Patrick's Day, otherwise they wear some pretty weird clothes in Baltimore. Fun post and very informative.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I'm so jealous!
Our book fair got about twelve of those cases, with Sherry tucked neatly into place.

Keri Mikulski said...

Wow!! Look at all the books. :) Thanks for the inside look. :)

Sarah Laurence said...

Cool! Thanks for the tour. I love the idea of warehouse full of books.

laughingwolf said...

wow, that's a LOT of warehouse space, assume there's even more elsewhere?

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

A whole warehouse full of books? Proof that heaven exists on earth.

Eileen said...

OMG! In that totally random picture- there's your book!!

I also notice you are wearing pants. And a shirt. Neither look very jammie like. What's with that?

Barrie said...

Eileen!!! I knew you'd notice my book. Because you're so observant! And.. you're right; I was wearing real clothes that day. BUT you'l be happy to know I wore my pyjamas around the halls of the hotel when I was going to the vending machines to get licorice, etc. ;)

Barrie said...

Laughing Wolf: oh, yes, there are definitely many other warehouses. :)