This news comes from a recent e-mail from UM Habitat for Humanity coordinator Kathy King:
The UM chapter of Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a Better World Books book drive during finals and book buy-back week. We are asking students and teachers to donate used and sample textbooks and old editions by dropping them in collection boxes around campus. Boxes are located in Morgan computer lab, Harmon lobby, Carmichael Library, and the Student Union Building.Please help us support this worthy cause by dropping your new or used books by the library lobby!
Better World Books collects millions of books and dollars for literacy programs around the world. You can read the whole story at www.betterworldbooks.com. Some facts:
If you need help hauling books, contact Kathy King at 6431 or via email.
- Books collected are either sold online to fund operations (including shipping and printing local language books), donated directly to literacy partners, or recycled.
- 100% of profits go to literacy partners. Room to Read is our chosen literacy partner. Room to Read was founded by John Wood, a former Microsoft executive, after he hiked through Nepal and saw the schools there. The school he visited had 30 books, and they were kept locked in a cabinet because they were too valuable. Since then, Room to Read has built libraries, computer labs, schools, as well as printing local language books.
- No book ever goes in a landfill.