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Golden Key collecting used textbooks through
Dec. 17

RELEASED: Dec. 14, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The Golden Key International Honor Society at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is hosting its annual fall semester used textbook drive. The organization will collect used textbooks through Dec. 17. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to drop off their gently used books or textbooks in the bins located in the lobbies of Davies Center.

After the books are collected, members of Golden Key, in collaboration with the University Bookstore, will pack and ship the books to the Better World Books organization. This effort will help keep books out of landfills and will enable them to be repurposed in a number of ways.

Better World Books is the organization that sponsors Books for Africa. The group takes gently used books and sells them for profit. The funds then benefit literacy and education programs in nonprofit organizations. Last year Better World Books accomplished the following:

  • Raised more than $80,000 for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
  • Raised more than $1.7 million for libraries and thrift stores nationwide.
  • Contributed more than $1 million to college service clubs who have run book drives.
  • Sent more than one million books to Books for Africa, the National Center for Family Literacy and Feed the Children.

"This book drive is a great way for Golden Key to get involved with the community," said Paula Stuettgen, faculty adviser to Golden Key. "These students work very hard to coordinate the book drive and they really are making a difference."

More information about Better World Books and the Books for Africa drive is available online. Questions about the event can be directed to Paul Thompson at thompspe@uwec.edu or Lori Rindahl at rindahlm@uwec.edu.

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