SILS co-sponsors fourth book drive for pediatric cancer patients - to be delivered during Winter Stories

November 27, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, the School of Information and Library Science will partner with UNC’s libraries and other campus departments to collect children’s books for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals.

The drive will run Nov. 2 through Dec. 6, 2012. All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. The need is especially great for English and Spanish-language board books, the sturdy picture books made for young children. Also needed are books featuring children and families of many cultures.

Friends of the Library will wrap up the drive by accepting donated books at the annual Winter Stories program  on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m., in the lobby of Wilson Library. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary, Jeffery Beam, poet and founder of Winter Stories in 1992 and Terry Rollins, professional storyteller and early performer for Winter Stories, will join Dr. Brian Sturm, associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), SILS students Kate Barr, Marianne Bell and Emily Childress-Campbell, and UNC senior English major Hugh Koeze to charm listeners with folk tales from around the world, literary tales, poems, and songs.

SILS students Veronica Koven-Matasy, Brianna Leesch, Virginia Neisler, Peter Shirts, Emily Vardell and Nicole Lehotsky and her husband, Chris, will provide music.

The Bull’s Head Bookshop will offer a 25 percent discount on children’s books purchased for donation to the book drive. At the time of purchase simply mention the phrase “Book Fairy” to the staff.

Campus drop-off locations

  • Davis Library lobby
  • Undergraduate Library lobby
  • Wilson Library lobby
  • Health Sciences Library, 1st floor lobby
  • Law Library
  • School of Information and Library Science, Manning Hall lobby
  • School of Education, Peabody Hall, Student Affairs Office lobby, 1st floor
  • School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building lobby
  • FedEx Global Education Center, Peacock Atrium
  • N.C. Memorial Hospital, Cashier, ground floor

The book drive is sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee, the Health Sciences Library, the Law Library, the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, the FedEx Global Education Center and the UNC Hospitals.