By Laura Chairez
Those interested in donating books and expanding their own collection are invited to donate to the EPCC College Improvement Committee’s Little Free Library.
The Library is set at the Administrative Service Center.
The committee is currently asking for and accepting any book donations.
“This program was started because there is no regular library access,” Cheryl Bowman, EPCC information security risk advisor, said. “The president freed up some money for campus improvement and we applied for some grants.
We set up two programs, safety for call boxes and the Little Free Library.
Right now we only have bookshelves, but the art club is set to decorate it and make it cute.”
Little Free Library is a library that takes the concept of “take one and give one.”
People bring in one book to donate and can take one that they like.
“People can donate as many books as they want and take as many as they want,” Aditi Sarkar, project director of architecture said.
“Nobody is keeping tabs, which is the concept behind the Little Free Library.
It is a great opportunity to donate books and pick them up. Everyone should take advantage.”
The Little Free Library currently has around 150 books, as calculated by Cheryl Bowman, and the program is still counting on people bringing in more books that are needed.
“We are looking for any type of book,” Sarkar said. “Even magazines and CDs. Anything they have at home and is not being used.”
The College Improvement Committee is looking for paperback, hardcover and audio books, along with magazines. Children’s books are also accepted, as there are EPCC professors and students who are parents.
They can be donated in person or mailed via campus mail to Cheryl Bowman at the ASC building A, room A112, or Elsa Ruiz in ASC building B, room B520.
A name with any donation is requested so the committee can give thanks.
“This would encourage parents to read to their children,” Bowman said. “Take one and return it. Take one and give one. [Whichever is used] this program works. Readers like to share.”
If this program is successful, plans to set up Little Free Libraries at each EPCC campus would be in the works.
The Little Free Library will be set up at the ASC building A Breakroom and ASC B Foyer.
For more information on the Little Free Libraries, please visit www.littlefreelibraries.org.