UA hosts Books for the Black Belt Drive

Books For Alabama's Black Belt Drive

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The University of Alabama’s Center for Economic Development is hosting a Books for the Black Belt Drive. The department said many of their libraries are under-funded.

People can donate books in pretty good shape or if you’re feeling even more generous you can buy brand new books all together. The goal is to raise more than 30,000 books for K-12 students in the Black Belt. You can donate through mail or in person at the UCED location in downtown Tuscaloosa at 621 Greensboro Avenue.

The project manager said the 13 counties they serve have some of the lowest literacy rates in the state, some even in the nation. She said most of their libraries have no or limited access to good quality books or little variety.

When they’ve dropped off the book donations in year’s past the project manager describes the kids reactions. "Oh my gosh I love this book, or I always wanted to read this book and it’s really cool to see how the new books are going to spark interest in reading. Even on the librarian side most of them are just so grateful because most of them have a really hard time instilling that excitement to read when they’re reading the same books over and over again,” said Hannah Arendsen, Project Manager Books for Black Belt drive.

The Books for the Black Belt Drive is going on until Feb. 18th and here are other drop off locations :

  • Bidgood Hall 
  • Gorgas Library 
  • Nott Hall
  • Doster Hall
  • The Center for Service and Leadership (Ferguson center room 1100)
  • Smith Hall
  • Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum.

The campaign brings books to students in Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.

For more information about the book campaign, contact Sally Brown at 205-348-8344 or

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