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Library hosts Western Village book drive

Friday, December 7, 2007  
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By Sarah Gogarty

Oklahoma Christian University’s Beam Library is holding its second Ornament Book Drive to help Western Village Academy. Oklahoma Christian and Western Village have a long history of working together, and try to find any way possible to connect with each other.

Tamie Willis Oklahoma Christian library director, has found a way to improve outreach to Western Village by starting the Western Village Book Drive.

“Part of our mission at the university and in the library, is to find a service aspect to everything we do,” Willis said.

The Beam Library is raising money to purchase books and donate them to Western Village through the Western Village Book Drive. A Christmas tree with ornaments is set up in the library for the book drive. Each ornament has a book title inside, along with a price ranging from $5 to $20.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and find a book on the tree to donate to Western Village.  The books will have a space inside the cover showing that the books were donated by Oklahoma Christian. Books specially picked out in honor of someone will have that information inside the cover of the book as well.

Senior Jacob Smith is someone who has been affected by a book and decided to pay the money to donate that book to the book drive. “Stand Back said the Elephant, I Think I’m Going to Sneeze,” is the title of the book that Smith’s grandfather would read to him and his four cousins every time they came to visit.

“My grandfather passed away when I was eight or nine, and my grandmother, one year for Christmas, got each of the grandkids that very book. So, I figured I would get a copy for the Western Village Book drive because someone may have a similar story, and it’s a great way to help out a noble cause,” Smith said.

Western Village Book Drive will accept donations through the end of finals week, and the books will be ordered in January. As soon as they are all in, the books will be delivered to Western Village.

Last year, Willis was able to deliver the books to the school during an assembly. According to the principal at Western Village, this book drive really helps with their situation.

“They feel that it is very important for these kids to have books in their home, and they might not be able to afford them, so they do not worry if the book is not returned,” Willis said.

The main goal Willis wants to get across through this year’s book drive is to expand the bond between Oklahoma Christian and Western Village. She wants there to be a constant reminder to Western Village that someone cares, and it is important to keep learning.

“Reading is so important for their education and development, both educationally and for their imagination and seeing what is out there in the world,” Willis said.

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