Book drive to benefit local students

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Cardinal Readers and First Year Board have organized a book drive to celebrate March as National Reading Month.

The organizations’ donation box is located outside the first floor of Zahnow library. Students are encouraged to donate children’s and young adult literature.

Cardinal Readers member Spencer Myers hopes that the book drive will encourage students in local schools to read more.

“We would like to provide others with a chance to have something enjoyable to read in hopes of growing their interest in books,” Myers said. “We decided to have a book drive because we thought it would be a feasible and fun way for books to be obtained and distributed to local schools that might be lacking in a variety of reading material.”

First Year Board member Renee Okenka agreed that the book drive provides an excellent opportunity to provide a service to the local area and inspire students to read.

“First Year Board decided to collaborate on the book drive to give back to the community,” Okenka said. “Last semester we hosted a can drive for our residents and it went so well, we decided to do a larger scale donation project. We hope that by doing this, we will be able to pass on the passion of reading to the next generation and recycle books that are currently not being used as well.”

The books will be donated to a Saginaw school in need.

“Last semester, around 40 or so books ended up being given to a middle school in Bay City to be used in their library and classrooms,” Myers said. “This semester, we are hoping to do something similar in the Saginaw area.”

Myers encourages students to donate any books that they aren’t using, as they could be important to a youth in need.

“A number of families or individuals have necessary or informational texts that a youth could read collecting dust on a shelf,” Myers said. “Instead of those books going unused, they could be donated somewhere where students really need them. Often times, a large variety of important books are simply not available in some schools, and we want to change that.”

To end the book drive, First Year Board will be hosting a Vine Jeopardy event on March 29 in the Alumni Lounge.

“The Jeopardy program will be one of the last opportunities to collect books,” Okenka said. “Students who donate a book at the program will receive an extra entry to play.”

Cardinal Readers will also be hosting a Blind Date with a Book event in April to encourage students to read books outside of their comfort zone.

“For this event, we will decorate and disguise canonical pieces of literature and then sell them at a table by the Zahnow Library,” Myers said. “This event is fun because is puts important pieces of literature in the hands of interested college students that might not have otherwise purchased them on a shelf.”

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