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Book Drive to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Patients at UNC

Book Drive Discount at Bull’s Head BookshopThe Bull’s Head Bookshop will offer a 25% discount on children’s books purchased for donation to the book drive. At the time of purchase simply mention the phrase, “Book Fairy” to the staff.

Find information about the 2010 book drive here!

New: Patti Thorp, UNC’s First Lady, is Book Drive Chair (watch video)

Children undergoing cancer treatment will find comfort in new books thanks to a book drive on the UNC campus Nov. 9 – Dec. 10.

Several UNC departments and organizations are sponsoring the drive on behalf of the Book Fairy, an organization that donates children’s books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals.

All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. The need is especially great for Spanish-language books at the preschool level and picture books or easy readers in English, said Book Fairy Kathy Humphries.

Campus drop-off locations are:

  • Davis Library lobby
  • Undergraduate Library lobby
  • Wilson Library lobby
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Law Library
  • School of Information and Library Science, Manning Hall lobby
  • School of Education, Peabody Hall Student Affairs Office lobby 1st floor
  • School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building lobby

A list of suggested books is available at

The book drive is sponsored by the University Library Diversity Committee, the Health Sciences Library, the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Education, and the School of Social Work.

Friends of the Library will wrap up the drive by accepting donated books at the annual Winter Stories program on December 10 at 5 p.m. in the lobby of Wilson  Library.

For information about the drive, contact Rebecca Vargha, librarian, Information and Library Science Library, (919) 962-8361.

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7 Responses to “Book Drive to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Patients at UNC”

  1. I’n assuming these are physical books and not ebooks? We live in Asheville and would like to donate our cleaning business how-to ebook for locals to use freely. Could it be added to the online resources somehow?

    Posted by Ev Land | November 12, 2009, 1:13 pm
  2. Thanks so much for thinking about us. For this book drive, the need is for physical books for children that children and their families will be able to read while the children are undergoing treatment. Good luck with your project.

    Posted by Library Staff | November 12, 2009, 3:16 pm
  3. I wish I would’ve known about the book drive, My grandmother gives my wife ten books a week. We are sitting on a mountain of them. My wife just sells them at her garage sale. It would’ve been nice just to donate them.

    Posted by Jeff | March 3, 2010, 11:26 pm
  4. What a great cause. We have a stockpile of classic childrens’ books, but my boys are still putting them to good use. I’ll remember this event when we’re ready to pass them on.

    Posted by Ashely Windsor | March 9, 2010, 12:42 am


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