MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society has launched the 2018 children’s book drive, which will collect new and gently used children’s books for the Summer Book Day in the Park program.

The book drive, in its fourth year at Murray State, is also part of the national Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition, sponsored by the honor society’s Council of Students. The contest will be held between Feb. 1 and April 30, with results of the national contest to be released from the national Phi Kappa Phi headquarters in the summer. The two Phi Kappa Phi chapters recording the most children’s books collected will receive a Little Free Library, a free-standing box for anyone to donate or borrow books, which would be placed in the community if received.

“I would like to see the chapter receive a Little Free Library for the community,” said Dr. Melony Shemberger, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications and vice president of Murray State’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter. “It would be an excellent opportunity for service and outreach to share the love of learning and reading with others.”

Collection boxes for the book drive can be found at the following community and campus locations:

— Calloway County Public Library

— Waterfield Library

— Murray State Campus Bookstore (Curris Center)

— Wilson Hall

— Faculty Hall (outside office 6-B6)

For more information about the book drive, contact Shemberger at 270-809-6874 or mshemberger@murraystate.edu. Cash donations for chapter members to purchase books are also being accepted.

The boxes being used for collection during the book drive.
Murray State University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society has launched the 2018 children’s book drive, which will collect new and gently used children’s books for the Summer Book Day in the Park program.

Chapter 302 of Phi Kappa Phi at Murray State was chartered Nov. 28, 2007, and has inducted several hundred outstanding Murray State students into membership since then. The chapter seeks to recognize and encourage excellence in all academic disciplines and to promote discussion of important issues across disciplinary lines.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The society has awarded approximately $14 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. The Society’s motto is “let the love of learning rule humanity.”

For information on Chapter 302, contact chapter president, Dr. Bill Mulligan, at 270-809-6571 or wmulligan@murraystate.edu. The chapter also has a Facebook page with additional information: facebook.com/PhiKappaPhiMurrayStateUniversity.

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