Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-02-02

Samford University students are collecting children's and adult books for distribution to community and school libraries.

The project is the focus of Community Service night at the opening performance of Step Sing on Thursday, Feb. 22.

According to project chairman Nicole Thompson, the books will be distributed to the Sayre community library in northwest Jefferson County and to the Jesus Christ Christian School in Ensley.

"Both can make good use of the books," said Thompson, a senior education major from Hoover. She said books for all ages are needed.

The books will be presented to representatives of the Sayre and Jesus Christ Christian School libraries during Step Sing intermission on Thursday.

Step Sing, the annual student music competition, will be held Feb. 22-24. Tickets are available through TicketMaster at (205) 715-6000.

Anyone with books to donate may contact Thompson at (205) 726-7961.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.