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Book Drive Seeks 10,000th Book for UNC Pediatric Cancer Patients


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Update, Dec. 6, 2013: Thank you for your donations. We’re counting books! Please stay tuned for a final total.

NEW: Escape Through Books – a portrait of Book Fairy Kathy Humphries

Book drive ends at Winter Stories program in Wilson Library on Dec. 5.

UNC Libraries and campus partners are now collecting children’s books for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

During this fifth anniversary year of the cooperative effort, organizers expect the five-year total number of books collected to top ten thousand. Here’s how you can help meet that goal.

What’s needed?

New and gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen. The need is especially great for English and Spanish-language board books, the sturdy picture books made for young children. Also needed are books featuring children and families of many cultures.

The Bull’s Head Bookshop will offer a 25 percent 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.

The UNC Information and Library Science Library has compiled a list of suggested titles for those seeking inspiration.

Where can I donate?

Look for book drive boxes in these locations:

  • Davis Library lobby
  • Undergraduate Library lobby
  • Wilson Library lobby
  • Health Sciences Library, 1st floor lobby
  • Law Library
  • School of Information and Library Science, Manning Hall lobby
  • Bull’s Head Bookshop
  • School of Education, Peabody Hall, Student Affairs Office lobby, 1st floor
  • School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building lobby
  • FedEx Global Education Center, Peacock Atrium
  • N.C. Children’s Hospital lobby

Or mail books to: Book Fairy Book Drive; c/o Eileen Heeran Dewitya; CB #3926 Wilson Library; University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890.

When should I bring books?

The drive will run Nov. 4 through Dec. 5, 2013. The Friends of the Library will wrap up the drive by accepting donated books at the annual Winter Stories program on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., in the lobby of Wilson Library.

Sponsors: The book drive is sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee, the Health Sciences Library, the Law Library, the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, the FedEx Global Education Center, and the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Thank you for helping bring respite to children and families touched by cancer.

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