Students Organize Campus Book Drive

April 18, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University students will be conducting a campus book drive to raise money for Alternative Spring Break and the organization, Books for Africa.

The book drive began April 16 and will continue until May 30.

Students can bring new and used college-level books to the green and white bins labeled “Book Drive,” which will be placed in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington), IWU Bookstore in Hansen Student Center, The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza East), Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) (201 E. Beecher St., Bloomington), Center for Liberal Arts (CLA) (310 E. Beecher St., Bloomington), Shaw Hall (1312 N. Park St., Bloomington), Memorial Center Main Desk (104 E. University St., Bloomington) and at the steps of the Bertholf Commons in Memorial Center.

Alternative Spring Break began in 2007, offering Illinois Wesleyan Students the opportunity to spend their spring break helping those in need. This spring 60 students and staff aided with Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in New Orleans.

Books for Africa, which began in 1988, is an organization that collects textbooks from publishers, schools, libraries, individuals and organizations to distribute to children in Africa. Books for Africa has shipped over 18 millions books and is the largest provider of donated textbooks in Africa.

For more information on the book drive contact Gulick Residence Hall Director Jacob Meltzer at (309) 556-3129. For more information on Alternative Spring Break of Books for Africa contact the Student Volunteer Center at (309) 556-3850.

 Contact: Allegra Gallian, ’09, (309) 556-3181