Beginning the week of Feb. 20, Ohio Northern’s first year honor societies Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta held a book drive, coordinated by Joseph Marchiano and partnered with Worldwide Book Drive.
The groups have partnered with the charity Worldwide Book Drive, which has donated over two million books to underprivileged colleges and charities across the world. The company organizes the books and distributes them to various groups, organizations and charities across the world.
Worldwide Book Drive has donated books to the Myanmar Book Aid, a charity which helps to rebuild libraries destroyed by a cyclone. They have also donated over one thousand books to The Road Home, a homeless shelter in Utah where they donate books to families to help educate them. “If the household head is not literate, chances are that no one in the family will be literate,” according to the Road Home website. In the short time that WBD has been running, they have kept millions of books from going unused or being dumped into landfills. The books have been recycled or redistributed and are being placed in the hands of individuals and students.
All students, faculty, and stuff can drop off any books that they do not need to the collection boxes. Any type of book can be donated but college textbooks are preferred. As long as the spine of the book is in good condition and not falling apart, they will accept all conditions of books. The collection boxes are located in the ResLife office and across from MAC tables. The book drive ran through until the end of the Spring 2015 semester.