As a community service project, education majors in the Chiron Society collaborated with English majors in Sigma Tau Delta to give people in Steubenville a chance to read a great book. The student clubs teamed up to hold a book drive to fill four lending libraries with a wide range of books, including children’s books, novels, teen and adult books, and religious books, including a Catholic Bible.
Brittany Schultz of Denver and Harry Olenick of Weirton, West Virginia, co-presidents of the Chiron Society, said they wanted to reach as many people as possible with a wide range of books.
“It was hard, when we were sorting the books, to not read them,” laughed Olenick as he and Schultz described their love of reading, which they wanted to share with the community.
Education professors Dr. Tiffany Boury and Professor Susan Poyo helped facilitate the project along with Dr. Kathryn McVey, education chair.
Franciscan University’s Physical Plant Services pitched in to build, install, and donate the four little libraries at two parks, a senior center, and the Martin Luther King Recreational Center in Steubenville.
The student project culminated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Jim Wood Park attended by faculty, students, Physical Plant Services employees, and Steubenville Parks and Recreation staff.
The Chiron Society keeps the lending libraries well stocked by encouraging Franciscan University faculty and staff to donate books.
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