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SIS Leads Campus Effort to Aid Wildfire Kids

Wildfire Kids

The School of Information Sciences led the UT campus effort to collect books for children in Sevier County who lost their possessions in the recent wildfires.

In conjunction with an initiative of the Sevier County Public Library, SIS collected new books for children and teens at its office in Suite 451 of the Communications Building. The books were delivered to the Sevier County Public Library system on Friday, February 3.

Cindy Welch, associate director of CCYAL and SIS clinical associate professor provided a number of recommended book lists on the CCYAL website for those who wanted to contribute new books . The Sevier County Public Library System will distribute the books during February, which is Love Your Library Month.

“Public libraries anchor communities,” said SIS Director Diane Kelly. “The efforts of the Sevier County Public Library to make its community whole again by putting books in the hands of young people illustrates this. As the leading institution training librarians and information professionals in the state, we were very happy to exercise our Volunteer spirit by assisting with this book drive.”

Those wishing to contribute who were unable to physically deliver books to the School can send donations directly to the Sevier County Public Library System. WBIR-TV in Knoxville interviewed Kelly about the book collection, http://www.wbir.com/news/local/collecting-books-for-wildfire-victims/394736576.