More than 1,000 books to be given away Thursday at HAC Book Night

Organizers are estimating more than 1,000 books have been collected and will be offered for free at the fifth annual HAC Book Night on Thursday, April 27, on the Trine University campus.

“It’s by far the largest collection of books we’ve had,” said Sarah Young, Ph.D., assistant professor in Trine’s Department of Humanities and Communication (HAC), which sponsors the event.

“I can’t thank the Angola community enough for all their donations,” she said. “I haven’t counted every book, but my guess is we have at least a thousand. Perhaps more.”

HAC Book Night will be held from 5-9 p.m. in the LINK inside the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, and is free and open to the public. Young said the books to be given away include everything from textbooks to Star Wars novels, to modern literary fiction and classics.

“And, basically, everything in-between,” she said.

Besides the book giveaway, the event will feature refreshments and a poetry reading at 6 p.m. by students in Lou Ann Homan’s speech classes. A drawing for a prize package that includes a new book and related DVDs also will be held.

Books that are not taken during the event are donated to Better World Books.

HAC Book Night began as part of the international World Book Night event. After that broader event ended, HAC Book Night continued and has been celebrated on Trine’s campus since 2013.

For more information, contact Young at (260) 665-4849.