University Library celebrates International Book Giving Day

February 14 / 129

The University Library has marked International Book Giving Day with a campaign to donate new or used books to children in need in Australia and around the world.


It is accepting donations of new or good-quality used books at the Baillieu Library Service Desk until 21 February. Books of several different types can be donated: non-fiction, fiction, self-help, atlases, dictionaries and reference books, cook books, Australian Geographic, motorcycle and car magazines, and children’s books.

International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative to increase children’s access to and enthusiasm for books and reading. People worldwide are encouraged to donate a used book to a local library, hospital, shelter or to an organisation that distributes used books to children in need.

Elizabeth Cashen, the Library’s Marketing and Communications Manager, said initiatives such as International Book Giving Day highlighted the fact many children in Australia and around the world did not own or have access to books. 

“Learning to read is a cornerstone of education, yet there are still millions of kids around the world without access to books.  We are delighted to be supporting this great initiative.

This is the second year the University Library has participated in the event. Last year, the books went to a small school library in Cepaka, Indonesia, which had very few books and none in English.

“The kids couldn’t wipe the smile of their faces”, Elizabeth said.  

“Tarzan and Harry Potter were the big favourites”. 

Books that have been donated to the Baillieu Library will be given to three organisations: the Australian Books for Children of Africa (ABCA), the Benjamin Andrew Foothpath Library and the Bus of Books.

The ABCA is a non-profit organisation supplying educational material to impoverished schools of Africa.

The Benjamin Andrew Foothpath Library gives books to homeless and disadvantaged people and keeps libraries in centres such as the Women's Domestic Violence Service and Flagstaff Crisis Accommodation. 

Bus of Books is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing young people in rural and disadvantaged Australian communities with resources and programs to read and succeed.  
The Baillieu Library will be accepting donations until Friday 21 February 2014.

For more information, email Elizabeth Cashen, ecashen@unimelb.edu.au.

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