Key Club book drive brings books to community

To provide books to children and young adults in the Indian Valley Public Library, the Key Club hosted a book drive February 10-28.


Haley Trimble

Fully booked…Sorting donations, Key Club officers Renae Benner (left) and Vrushi Patel unpack books collected through the Key Club book drive held February 10-28.

To provide books for the Indian Valley Public Library (IVPL), the Key Club hosted a book drive from February 10-28 where students and faculty dropped off books they did not need anymore. The Key Club focuses on volunteering in the community and making a positive impact inside and outside of school. As a result, Key Club treasurer Renae Benner and vice president Vrushi Patel organized a book drive to help out the local library and give people access to books. According to young adult outreach services librarian Nicole Husbands, the IVPL is always looking for ways to connect with the school district and students. “I asked the [IVPL] if they wanted some books and they said they would take some children or young adult books,” Benner said. According to Husbands, the library is “always in need of books” so they would be able to use the book drive. Husbands values the importance of people having books in their home. The book drive gave people the opportunity to do that. The books donated are in the IVPL’s book vending machine. The book vending machine encourages kids to read by giving them a token when they read a certain amount of books or complete a reading challenge through the library. The token is then used to get a book from the vending machine for the child to keep. “The book vending machine has been really popular,” said Husbands. “It’s good for kids that don’t like reading, but then when they find out they can get a token for it, they get really excited and get into reading.” Husbands hopes that the donations from the book drive will have “a lasting impact on children’s love of reading.” “Books are really important to have at home,” Husbands said. “There is just something about owning a book and having it be yours.” According to seventh grader Addison Godfrey, reading can bring joy to many people. “Books make me happy,” Godfrey said. Not only did the book drive help out children, but it also helped out the library. “People like the library and the services it provides, so [the book drive] will help keep the library alive and provide books to the entire community,” Benner said. According to Godfrey, the library makes her feel calm and at peace. It is full of her favorite things, books. Godfrey feels being given a book can bring happiness to many people. “When I’m given a book, I get very excited and happy,” Godfrey said.