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PKP accepting new, used books to give as Halloween ‘treats'

Thanks to the support of faculty, staff and students, the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) honor society had a successful book fair, hosted on campus by Usborne Books, an international leader in educational books for children.

According to Assistant Professor of History Dr. David Snyder, president of PKP, books purchased during the PKP Book Fair for the Candy for the Mind project, along with $600 worth of free books donated by Usborne Books, are a great foundation for this years book drive, which kicks into full gear today.
Thanks to the support of faculty, staff and students, the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) honor society had a successful book fair, hosted on campus by Usborne Books, an international leader in educational books for children.

According to Assistant Professor of History Dr. David Snyder, president of PKP, books purchased during the PKP Book Fair for the Candy for the Mind project, along with $600 worth of free books donated by Usborne Books, are a great foundation for this year's book drive, which kicks into full gear today.

After the Sept. 11-12 book fair, PKP had about 300 books for distribution. However, the goal is to have in hand at least 1,000 booksboth new and gently usedto distribute Oct. 28 during G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating).

Last year, PKP gave 1,000 books to children. According to Dr. Aleeta Christian, professor of English and one of the founders of PKP's Candy for the Mind, since the inception of the project four years ago, the hundreds of children who trick-or-treat at APSU during G.H.O.S.T. have been thrilled to be handed a book as a treatfor many, the only book they own.

“We will reach our goal of 1,000 books,” Christian said. “Our faculty, staff and students always come through for the children. I know they will this year, too.”

A collection box for new or used children's books has been placed in the lobby of Woodward Library. Please put donated books in this receptacle by Wednesday, Oct. 24.

That afternoon, PKP volunteers will take all donated and purchased books to a central location where they will be grouped by age-appropriate material and prepared for distribution.

For more information, please contact Snyder by telephone at (931) 221-7923 or by e-mail at snyderdr@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke