Newman’s Big Book Bonanza helps local charities

10/04/2018 by Sinead Staunton

Newman University Book Bonanza

Newman University’s Terry Potter, Senior Lecturer in Working with Children, Young People and Families organises a number of Book Bonanzas at the university throughout the year, with the latest taking place just before the Easter break.

The event sees staff, students and member of the public donate their unwanted books which are then made available at a stall set up for a week at the university’s campus in Birmingham. Staff, students and visitors are free to browse the books and make a donation for anything they wish to take away.

This semester’s Book Bonanza raised a total of £362.25 which has thus enabled Newman University to provide funds to The Letterpress Project, a not-for-profit initiative which aims to spread the message about the importance of reading through its workshops and online resources, as well as Vulnerability 360. Vulnerability 360 is also a not-for-profit organisation ran by a number of lecturers at Newman University who aim to challenge the assumptions that the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised are architects of their own misfortune.

In addition, Newman University was able to make donations of books to the B30 and Malvern Hills foodbanks and through its partnership with The Letterpress Project, the university was able to make a donation of new books to West Leigh Methodist School whose library was recently destroyed due to a fire in the school.

Terry Potter and his team are already planning the next Book Bonanza which is set to take place in the new academic year and would welcome any donations.