Book Drive to Benefit Missouri Public Library

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming response from the Truman community, this drive has received more books than are currently needed and donations are no longer being accepted. Thank you to all those who have made donations.

story on National Public Radio has sparked a Truman professor to action and to a partnership with Pickler Memorial Library.

Chad Montgomery, assistant professor of biology, was inspired by the NPR story of Oregon County Library in Myrtle, Mo., which is attempting to revamp and include more modern books. After deciding to send books from his personal library to aid in their efforts, Montgomery has begun to seek out other books from all genres.

Pickler Memorial Library is helping in the Oregon County Library book drive by sponsoring collection boxes throughout campus. Collection boxes will be accessible Aug. 26-Sept. 8 in the Magruder Hall Cyber Café and outside the department office in Violette Hall 2100. There will also be a collection box in the library the week of Aug. 22-Sept. 3.

The library will also utilize the MOBIUS interlibrary loan program to ship donated books to Missouri State University in West Plains, Mo., near Myrtle.

Questions about the Oregon County Library book drive can be directed to Montgomery at or Stachia Vorhees at