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Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Underway

March 8, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has kicked off its sixth annual book drive, which runs through Tuesday, April 30.

Collection boxes have been placed at Macomb City Hall and on the WIU campus in all of the academic buildings.

The WIU chapter has set a goal of 1,600 books for its "Stock the Shelf" book drive competition. All of the books collected by the WIU Phi Kappa Phi chapter will be used to stock up the community's Free Little Libraries and children's books will be given to the United Way, the WIU Infant and Preschool Center and Edison and Lincoln schools. Adult books will be given to The Elms and the YMCA.

Last year, the WIU Phi Kappa Phi chapter collected more than 1,600 books and was named a winner of the honor society's national competition. The prize was a Free Little Library, which will be placed in Macomb.

Since the creation of Phi Kappa Phi's annual book drive competition, more than 35,000 books have been collected and donated to local, national and international organizations.

Free Little Libraries are freestanding boxes where anyone can donate or borrow books with the goal of promoting literacy throughout communities.

Anyone who would like to help the WIU Phi Kappa Phi chapter spread the love of learning in the Macomb community can donate new or lightly-used books. The chapter is also accepting cash donations to be used for book purchases. Donations can be mailed to WIU Professor Robert C. Intrieri at 156 Waggoner Hall – WIU, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.

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