Library hosts Western Village book drive
Friday, December 7, 2007
By Sarah Gogarty
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
“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
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.