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Books for Africa

By : RACHEL COKER


Siobhan Mills, left, a junior from Queens, packs books with Alpha Ho, a junior from Hong Kong, Jan. 18 in the lobby of the Hinman Discovery Center. More than 60 boxes of donated books were sorted for shipping that day. Binghamton University students, faculty and staff members have partnered with Books For Africa, a nonprofit group that promotes literacy in the poorest, most remote parts of the world. More than 20 boxes were shipped before the winter break and the latest collection is part of a continuing effort. “The real goal is current college textbooks, but we’re not fussy,” Hinman Faculty Master Al Vos said of the book drive. “Donations range from old physics textbooks to new novels.” Maine-Endwell High School and Broome Community College also collected books for the shipment, organized by the Discovery Program. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 10 million books. Vos estimates more than 2,000 books were collected locally.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08