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A better use for books

Student heads up book donation campaigns
Mar 11, 2010
By Krista Bradley

This week, as students debate what to do with a quarter?s worth of reading materials, senior environmental geography major Tim Hatcher is taking his message to the streets: Donate your used textbooks.

In December 2009, Hatcher collected 4,000 books on the Owens Community College campus to benefit philanthropic online bookstore Better World Books. Now Hatcher is at it again, coordinating a campus-wide book donation program at Ohio University through his local church.

?I?m really focused on sustainability and conservation in my studies,? Hatcher explained. ?I wanted to find a way to get unwanted books reused or recycled instead of having them go to a landfill or sit in the corner of someone?s room for 20 years.?

Students spend on average of $1,000 per year on textbooks, according to the College Board. All too often, when books cannot be sold back to a bookstore, students will allow them to go to waste in storage or discard the books in the trash.

Since its founding in 2002, Better World Books has collected more than 25 million books and donated $7.3 million to global literacy programs. Books that don?t sell are distributed to school systems in need, while unusable materials are recycled at Better World Books? recycling facilities. To date, more than 13,000 books have been recycled through the program.

This past fall, Hatcher participated in the off-campus book collection efforts of Christ Lutheran Church in Athens. According to College Youth Group Pastor Steve Domienik, it was the church?s first book donation campaign.

?Our first book drive in the fall was a learning curve for us. For our campaigns in the winter and spring, Tim will be coordinating our efforts and leading the campaign,? Domienik explained. ?We are going to rely heavily on Tim for his experience to create a successful book drive campaign.?

Hatcher, who is a member of the Office of Sustainability?s Green Network, relates his experience back to his studies and his interest in sustainability and conservation.

?It?s harder to go green at the community level because of limited funding. That?s a problem everywhere you go,? Hatcher said. ?But I like to think maybe I?ve helped start something that is doing good and creates sustainability in the long term.?

Christ Lutheran Church's winter quarter textbook collection drive will take place March 17-19. Students may drop off used textbooks at collection boxes in Jefferson Dining Hall, Nelson Dining Hall, Christ Lutheran Church, located at 69 Mill St., and Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 64 University Terrace. All textbooks will be donated to Better World Books.


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Published: Mar 11, 2010 9:30 AM

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