Going Global

Over the course of the past several months, the SBU Library Club has been working in conjunction with Frank Melville Library staff members Aimee de Chambeau, Joel Tornquist, and Maryanne Vigneaux to take part in a campaign designed to help end the book famine in many African universities. The club, comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, was led by its president, Lauren Guenvere, and its two staff advisors, Victor Santiago and Kristen Reynolds, as a goal of $450 was raised to send 17 boxes (roughly 640 pounds) of current textbooks to St. Paul, MN, where the books were sorted and shipped to the countries in need. Most of the books were obtained from donations to the library by patrons and local community members and had copyright dates of 1985 or later. The club was delighted to see that so many staff members empathized with this dilemma, and generously contributed, by means of cash donation, to this cause. It was a wonderful thing!

The Library Club plans to continue this project as long as interest remains. A fund has been established to receive donations to help cover the cost of shipping, which amounts to approximately $16 per box. All donations are tax exempt. Feel free to contact The Library Club at thelibraryclub@gmail.com to see how you can help do your part to continue this campaign.


Taken from the annual SBU Library Newsletter, February 2008


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