SWOSU Library, MCYS Collect 600 Books During Drive
The Al Harris Library at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Multi-County Youth Services in Clinton recently collected 600 books in a children’s book drive.
The books were presented to Multi-County Youth Services for use by children that are served by MCYS.
Pam Wise, executive director of MCYS, said the books will be used for on-site activities, Christmas presents for children, provided to shelter home providers, provided to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and in other capacities as deemed appropriate.
The drive, titled “Change a Child’s World @ Your Library” was held as part of National Library Week that was celebrated in April.
The SWOSU Al Harris Library collected over 400 children’s books from librarians, individuals and student organizations. The SWOSU library promotions team coordinated efforts on campus and presented a special challenge to student organizations and athletic teams. The SWOSU Psychology Club won the competition with a donation of 270 books. The group received certificates from Mazzio’s and Pizza Hut for free pizzas.
The MCYS collected over 200 books from staff, volunteers, public schools, Oklahoma Department of Health Services and the local community.
The MCYS is a private, non-profit organization which was established in 1972 and its mission is “to build healthy, resilient children and families, thus improving the quality of life for the persons served and the communities in which they live.”
The organization serves Custer, Dewey and Roger Mills counties and coordinates with law enforcement agencies, government agencies, court systems and public schools to support services in child protection and counseling, temporary shelter, parent assistance, after school programs, mentor programming, teen pregnancy prevention and conflict resolution with juveniles involved in law violations. The MCYS is one of 41 institutions across the state of Oklahoma and works with approximately 600 children each year in western Oklahoma.
The MCYS does have its second annual fundraiser this Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Wellness Center on the SWOSU campus. “Hearts Touching Hearts II: Growing Children” will consist of entertainment, dinner, a dessert auction, and celebrity waiters and servers. SWOSU President John Hays will be a celebrity participant.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 per person and available at the door. Ticket sales, auctions and additional donations will be earmarked for MCYS programs only.