The library of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (ZČU) announced a collection of books for mothers with children in need. In March, hundreds of publications will go to the Pilsen Home of St. Zdislavy. Students and employees of the university, as well as the general public, can donate them throughout February. The Donate a book event is being organized by ZČU for the seventh time on February 14, the International Book Donation Day.
Donated books should be those that the donors themselves would like to read to pass the time. “This year we will once again use literature of all genres, both for older readers and for children and youth,” says the director of the ZČU University Library, Miloslava Faitová, who is pleased that the event has a positive response every year. “Last year, books were collected for the Psychiatric Clinic of the Pilsen University Hospital. Almost 2,500 volumes were selected, the most in the entire history,” he adds.
New books or books in good condition can be brought to the University Library branches throughout February. They are accepted at the ZČU campus in Borské polý, in the Philosophical and Law Library in Pětatřicátníků orchards 16, in the Medical Studies Library in Sedláčkov 31, in the Pedagogical Library at Klatovská 51 and in the Economic Library in Cheb at Hradební Street 22. Home of St. Zdislavy for mothers with children in need, the library will hand over selected books in March.
Last year, thanks to the University Library of ZČU, patients of the mentioned Psychiatric Clinic of the Pilsen University Hospital were able to read the donated books, in 2022 the collection was held for the benefit of the non-profit organization Near Neighbor, before the one-year coronavirus break in 2020 selected volumes went to the library of the Pilsen Prison, in in 2019 to homes for the elderly (SeneCura SeniorCentrum Plzeň and Baculus-Domov poklidného starí Vejprnice), in 2018 to the Elementary School and Kindergarten for the visually impaired and speech impaired, and during the first year in 2017, donated books went to inpatient wards and LDN Municipal Hospital Pilsen, Privamed, as, and Faculty Hospital Pilsen.