Books for the Alabama Black Belt Launches in February

  • January 24th, 2018

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development is offering the 2018 Books for the Alabama Black Belt campaign from Friday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 23.

New or gently used classic and award-winning books found on school reading lists for K-12 children are accepted. A list of appropriate books is here:

Donation boxes will be in Bidgood Hall, Gorgas Library, Nott Hall and Smith Hall. Books can also be dropped off at the center’s office at 621 Greensboro Ave.

The 2017 campaign delivered more than 16,000 books to 53 school libraries within the Alabama Black Belt region. The 13 counties in the service area are Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox.

One goal of this campaign is to provide one book for each child in the Black Belt counties, which amounts to 42,000 books.

The 2018 campaign sponsors include: Culverhouse College of Commerce, Gorgas Library, Honors College, Tuscaloosa Public Library, UA Center for Economic Development and UA Museums. The distribution of these books to school libraries within the 13 counties will begin in early summer.

For more information, contact Sally Brown of the center at 205-348-8344 or


Sally Brown, 205-348-8344,


Richard LeComte, UA communications,, 205-348-3782

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