From participating with Heart Gallery Alabama in raising awareness about adoption, to being one of the few facilities hosting the first Pages for Children Drive, Oakwood University’s Eva B. Dykes Library is continuing to make its mark as an “active learning social place--not just somewhere to store books” says Paulette Johnson, Library Director.
The Eva B. Dykes library has long been involved with interacting with the Huntsville community. The community has attended events such as the successful “Meet Oakwood Authors” which highlights and displays published works from the talented professors here on campus. Other events included exciting exhibits and book sales. In the most recent exhibit, the Library partnered with the Huntsville/Madison Public Library in presenting the first ever African American History Celebration.
Each month the Library seeks to highlight and display different themes. For the month of March, Nutrition, Women’s History, and Social Work were chosen to be highlighted. A special and delightful twist was added to the array of themes. Oakwood University’s Eva B. Dykes Library was contacted by Pages for Children and Heart Gallery Alabama to be involved in two worthy missions.
Pages for Children is an non-profit organization that collects supplies such as books, markers, crayons, and different holiday cards for hospitalized children under 18. This year the organization decided to have a book drive where they set up different drop off centers around the community, one of which is the Eva B. Dykes Library. The drop off center is located in the lobby of the library where there is a box to drop off any supplies. Oakwood students, faculty and staff along with the Huntsville community are encouraged to participate in the book drive that is active until March 31, 2010.
Heart Gallery Alabama is another organization whose goal is “to raise awareness of adoption and foster parenting to help each of the over 240 children, in the permanent legal custody of the state of Alabama, find their own “forever family.” Given that March is Social Work Month, promoting adoption and foster care seemed to be the perfect fit. Carefully and artistically displayed around the first floor of the library are 34 pictures of the hardest group of children to be adopted: older children ranging from ages 5 to 18. Displayed are beautiful pictures of smiles, laughs, and passion coming from children of different backgrounds who every day, hour, minute, and second yearn for love and hugs, but more importantly a family and place to call their own. Heart Gallery Alabama will be hosting an Adoption Information Session and reception in the Smart Room of the Eva B. Dykes Library at Oakwood University on Thursday, March 25 at 5:30 pm. The Heart Gallery Alabama exhibit will be on display in the library until April 4, 2010. For more general information regarding the organization visit www.HeartGalleryAlabama.com or talk to them directly at 205.445.1293.
Oakwood University’s Eva B. Dykes library is partnering with worthy organizations, setting up insightful exhibits and programs, orchestrating witty, entertaining and pleasant game nights, all to promote the library as not only a storehouse for many educational books, but more a interactive and engaging community spot.
~ Ashley Batiste, student writer, Public Relations Office
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