Student Group Donates Books to Public Library
Morgantown, WV – The West Virginia University (WVU) chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) donated over 125 books to the Morgantown Public Library on Monday.
The WVU chapter of SSDP initiated a book drive that collected over 125 books to be donated to the library. Any and all books were welcome in the drive, and the member turnout was great. The types of books donated ranged from old textbooks and other nonfiction to children’s activity books.
“Everyone really rallied for this cause, and we were able to exceed our expectations in the book drive,” said SSDP member Jhesse Jones. “Public libraries are a great resource for the community, and it is important to support them any way you can.”
Ellen Hathaway, librarian at the Morgantown Public Library, said “Donations are important because they help the library generate revenue through the book sale.” The library holds a used book sale every Tuesday from 12:00 PM until 3:00PM. They encourage the public to come browse the selection and support their local library programs. The money they make through the book sale goes to anything the library might be in need of. “We mostly receive donations from private individuals, not organizations,” said Hathaway.
WVU students traditionally are not very involved with the public library, instead choosing to use the University’s libraries. All WVU students are welcome to use the public library, as well.
SSDP has been active in the community before, sponsoring a Relay for Life team last spring and organizing several trash pick-up days, where members of the organization clean up litter around Morgantown. The organization hopes to turn their book drive for the Morgantown Public Library into an annual event.
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