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The School of Information Sciences will be collecting books for children in Sevier County who lost their possessions in the recent wildfires.

In conjunction with an initiative of the Sevier County Public Library, SIS will collect new books for children and teens in a collection container at its office in Suite 451 of the Communications Building. Books should be delivered to the campus office no later than Friday, February 3.

UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature has a number of recommended book lists on its website,” said Cindy Welch, associate director of CCYAL. “This resource can help guide those wishing to provide books for these children.”

The Sevier County Public Library System will distribute the books during February, which is Love Your Library Month.

“Public libraries anchor communities,” said SIS Director Diane Kelly. “The efforts of the Sevier County Public Library to make its community whole again by putting books in the hands of young people illustrates this. As the leading institution training librarians and information professionals in the state, we look forward to exercising our Volunteer spirit by assisting with this book drive.”

Those wishing to contribute who are unable to physically deliver books can send donations directly to the Sevier County Public Library System.


Donna Silvey (865-974-6727,