UNO Library makes difference at Children’s Hospital, delivering books

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Photos by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway Children’s Hospital and Medical Center contains a housing resource called the Carolyn
Photos by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center contains a housing resource called the Carolyn

By Jack Spady, Contributor

Last Wednesday, the Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha delivered the books raised during their recent book drive to the Children’s Hospital and Medical Centers Carolyn Scott Rainbow House.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Omaha’s website, the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House is a housing resource which “provides a welcoming option to families who live more than 60 miles from Omaha.” On top of a place to stay, eat and relax, the Rainbow House provides both children and adult books to families and patients undergoing long-term treatment at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

This is the first time the UNO library and the Children’s Hospital have teamed up for such a fundraiser. People who donated new books received “Criss Cash” totaling the value of the books donated which can be used to pay off book fines accumulated up to May 31 of this year. The library also partnered with Raising Canes who supplied lunches to those who donated.

Set up in support of last semester’s UNO homecoming event, the fundraiser was an overwhelming success.

“I think we donated four hundred and thirty one books” said Todd Anderson, a Day Circulation Supervisor at Criss Library and one of the people who helped set up the event.

Types of new books donated included children’s books, fiction and nonfiction books for adults, and puzzle books.

If individuals enjoy the books they read, they can take them home; of course, this means the hospital goes through quite a few books in a short amount of time. Thankfully, the UNO library has offered to help replenish the Rainbow Houses book supply should they ever need it through another fundraiser.

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