UWG Dean Doubles Library’s Collection in Honor of Children’s Book Week

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

University of West Georgia professors from the College of Social Sciences spent their lunch hour today donating books to Carrollton’s newest Little Free Library. Faculty and staff in the college donated over 50 books for children and adults, more than doubling the little library’s collection and nearly filling it to capacity.

A few weeks ago, on her daily walk to campus, Dr. N. Jane McCandless, UWG’s dean of the College of Social Sciences, noticed something new in downtown Carrollton. Right across from the downtown coffee shop, a wooden “house”—larger than your typical birdhouse, more like a bird apartment complex—perched atop a sturdy beam.

Adamson Square, in downtown Carrollton, now has its own Little Free Library. Like many other “little libraries” across the country, Carrollton’s little library humbly suggests, “Take a book, donate a book.”

McCandless’ love of community and passion for reading drew her to peruse the little library’s selection. Though it housed excellent reads, she noticed no children’s books and almost no books by local authors.

Dedicated to serving humanity and doing public good, McCandless invited her colleagues to donate to the city’s Little Free Library in honor of national Children’s Book Week, the longest running national celebration of literacy.

“The little library is such a great addition to Carrollton,” said McCandless. “By adding children’s books to the collection, even the youngest members of our community can look forward to peeking inside and finding a new favorite.”

Several faculty donated books they’ve authored, including “The Secret Spiritual World of Children” by Dr. Tobin Hart, professor of Psychology; “Where the Music Takes You” by Dr. Pam Hunt, assistant professor of Sociology; and “Alan Watts: Here and Now” co-authored by Dr. Donadrian Rice, professor and chair of Psychology.

“Including books by local authors ensures the collection reflects the diversity and talent in the community and university,” said McCandless. “By engaging in opportunities to serve humanity and do public good, we continue to make the Carroll community an amazing place to live and learn.”