When English faculty members retire, what happens to their books?
In the K-State English Department, we’ve been receiving boxes books since before the pandemic from retiring faculty who have discovered that there is, in fact, a limit to the number of books that a certain space can hold.
Now that students are back on campus in slightly greater numbers than previous semesters, last Thursday and Friday we hosted a Valentine Book Drop-In to celebrate our English undergraduate and graduate students and to provide new homes for the donated books.
During the two-day event, 40+ students adopted 200+ books for their personal libraries.
… and picked up a Valentine or treat for themselves or others!
Many thanks again to emeritus faculty members Dr. Michael Donnelly, Dr. Bonnie Nelson, Dr. Jim Machor, Dr. Tim Dayton, and Dr. Christina Hauck for their donation of books — and many thanks to our wonderful undergraduate and graduate students for stopping by.
One final note for our students who may have missed joining us last week: We still have a number of books on hand, and so we’ll be extending an invitation again later this year for another round of free books. Watch your email in April for details!
— Karin Westman, Department Head