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Motlow Smyrna Center sends almost 5,000 books to International Book Project

May 19, 2014

Motlow College's Smyrna Center recently held its second annual book drive, donating nearly 5,000 books to the International Book Project (IBP), according to Paige Hendrickson, branch librarian at the Smyrna Center.

Paige Hendrickson, branch librarian at the Motlow College Smyrna Center, helps deliver 4,836 books to the International Book Project; an anti-illiteracy organization headquartered in Lexington, Ky. Hendrickson leads the annual project, which has donated nearly 8,000 books in just two years.
The IBP is an anti-illiteracy organization headquartered in Lexington, Ky., and ships books to schools, libraries, churches, community organizations and Peace Corps volunteers across the world.

Hendrickson initiated the book drive during the 2012-2013 academic year and received a first-year donation of 3,165 books. In the drive's second year, the number of donated books increased by nearly 2,000 as more individuals and organizations donated to the cause.

"Without the benevolent support of these community resources and organizations, these valuable learning tools would not be able to continue educating and helping so many others worldwide," said Hendrickson. "Many volunteers made the loading, unloading, counting and boxing of these books possible as well, and they all have my eternal gratitude for their strength, dedication and time."

Among the organizations to make sizeable donations to the book drive are the Rotary Club of Smyrna, Read to Succeed, Homer Pittard Campus School, Rutherford County Schools Community Outreach, and Central Magnet School. The Oakland High School Library donated over 1,800 books to the drive.

For more information about the book drive or the International Book Project, contact Paige Hendrickson by calling 615-220-7815 or by email at phendrickson@mscc.edu.