Spreading Holiday Cheer with Books for Children

This past year, Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) celebrated the holidays by hosting their 25th Annual Winter Family Festival at their Otis Booth Campus in Echo Park on December 14, 2019. Families enjoyed face painting, a petting zoo, toy giveaways, and more. The William H. Hannon Library participated in the event by supplying books for children.

For a fifth year, we contributed to the event by collecting new and gently used books for more than a thousand children and families facing adversity in the Los Angeles area. Between October 14 – November 15, the book drive collected 2,077 books which beat last year’s record haul of 1,769!

Once the book drive concluded, some library staff and student assistants helped to prepare the books for shipping by sorting them into categories, such as bilingual, board, and picture books. Several members of the library staff also volunteered to set up a room filled with the donated books at the Winter Family Festival and welcomed the families to choose from a wide collection of reading material for children. With reading being so important to learning and developing one’s imagination, it was an absolute joy to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they selected books to take home with them.

Our continued success is only possible with the support and generosity we receive from the LMU community and its friends. We would like to thank our partners on and off campus for agreeing to collect books on our behalf:

  • Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination
  • Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Business Administration
  • Department of Theological Studies
  • LMU Children’s Center
  • Playa Vista Elementary School

We would also like to thank Gryphon Circle for continuing to partner with us by having a fundraiser and then donating the money to us so we could select books for the children.

If your department, building, or organization would like to participate in our annual children’s book drive in the fall of 2020, please contact Ron Lewis to become a partner with the William H. Hannon Library.