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Western Village Academy Book Drive

Tuesday, November 27, 2007  
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The Oklahoma Christian University Beam Library staff has kicked off the 2007 Book Drive campaign for Western Village Academy-- Open the World of Possibilities for a Child. “Reading is a wonderful way for children to be exposed to a world of possibilities beyond their current frame of reference,” says OC library director Tamie Willis. The library at Western Village has an unusual philosophy. To paraphrase the principal, Peggy Brinson, if the students check out a library book and don’t bring it back, it’s not an issue. It’s more important that they have a book at home to read. Because of that, there is a constant need to replace the library books. The books provided through the OC Book Drive are a wonderful way to continue putting books into the hands of students.

A Christmas tree located in the OC library lobby has gift tag ornaments with names of books chosen by the librarian at Western Village that can be purchased for the campaign. The books can also be purchased in honor of a loved one, including a book plate identifying who donated the book, the name of the honoree, and that it was purchased through the OC Book Drive. Every time a student opens up one of the books, they will see that it was provided through the generosity and care of the OC community.

The project continues a relationship between Western Village and OC that goes back more than nine years. Currently a mentoring program takes OC students to the Western Village campus to mentor children one day a week.

The drive will run until Dec 14 and all books must be paid for at the time of selection.

For more information about the book drive or to purchase a book contact Tamie Willis at or visit the OC Library website at

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