Book collection underway for annual HAC Book Night event

Books are being collected at locations around the Trine University campus and the city of Angola for the Department of Humanities and Communication’s annual HAC Book Night on Wednesday, April 17.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5-9 p.m. in the Rick L. & Vicki L. James University Center mall, which will have tables of books for community members, students and Trine staff to browse and take several for free. HAC Book night also will include refreshments and poetry readings throughout the evening, and drawings for literary-themed gift baskets.

Last year, hundreds of community members, students, faculty and staff participated in the event, taking 1,382 donated books.

The department is accepting donations of books through April 8. Donation boxes are located across the Trine University campus as well as at the First United Congregational Church of Christ, the Steuben County YMCA, Calvary Lutheran Church, Caleo Café and St. Anthony’s Church.

Books 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 Melissa Mayus, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication, at (260) 665-4329 or