Below are projects accomplished by ALA Student Chapters. Return to ALA Student Chapters. This page was created prior to the ALA Student Member blog.
Annual Book Drive a Huge Success by Jill Whitson
East Carolina University ALA Student Chapter Vice President
December 10, 2008, was the big delivery day for the Greenville branch of the ECU ALA Student Chapter
’s Christmas Book Drive. Members Greg Mills, Paul Goodson, and Jill Whitson met at Dr. Jami Jones’s residence to collect all the donated books. We were all amazed to find that we had collected over 1300 books!!!! Thanks to the efforts of these members, the Library Science Faculty, whose Christmas gift exchange yielded lots of book donations, and Robin Boltz who donated her weeded books during the tailgate party in November. The books were loaded into cars for the short trip to the Greenville Family Violence Center, where all the adult books were donated and then on to the Building Hope Community Life Center, where a group of happy children greeted the students. The 700 books donated will help supplement the library the children use after school. The kids danced around holding their new books, some sitting down on the floor to read right then!
Other ALA Student Chapter students across North Carolina have been collecting books and donating them to local agencies too. Marlene Greeble of Franklin collected coins for books and raised $100 to purchase books for their two homebound students. This was done in conjunction with their Scholastic Book Fair. Scholastic will now donate 100 books to a charity. This doubled the impact of their efforts.
Nonya Brown, the media coordinator at SAGE Academy in Chatham County, collected 200 books; Kevin Vickers’s group near Charlotte donated over 100 books to a local preschool. Delane Fuquay from Farmville collected and delivered 425 books, ALA student chapter historian, Laura Hile donated 75 books to an agency near Fayetteville, NC, and to top it all off, student member Angela Finn, collected over 3000 books! She donated books to the Catholic Parish Outreach, The Raleigh Rescue Mission, and the Duke Children’s Hospital.
The ECU ALA student chapter’s book drive was a huge success this year; the benefits were felt across the state of North Carolina.
Paul Goodson, the new ALA Student Chapter president, stated, “It was a joy to see the excitement of the kids at Building Hope and the appreciation of the staff at both Building Hope and the Family Violence Center.” The gift of books to those in need was a great experience for all involved!