Jacksonville, NC Jan. 23, 2013 – Coastal Carolina Community College will honor a very generous private donor at a luncheon in its C. Louis Shields Learning Resources Center, February 4. Ms. Diane Pina donated over 700 current popular fiction books to enhance the fiction collection at the College’s library. Ms. Pina is a retired elementary teacher from Department of Defense Schools aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and she has a personal fiction collection of over 1,000 books.
“I started buying fiction for my own leisurely reading after college. During a recent renovation in my home, I decided instead of putting these books on already overstuffed shelves, I would give the books to a local charity. My friend, Mary Gail Howland, who works at Coastal’s library, suggested that I give them to the College. I said to myself, ‘I can do this.’”
Coastal’s Head Librarian, Sally Goodman, stated, “We are thrilled to accept these books for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff. As Coastal’s new librarian, one of the first questions I received from a student was why there was not more popular fiction in our library. Ms. Pina’s personal collection of hard bound fiction is in great condition, and it is an incredible donation to help fill the fiction shelves on the first floor. We will continue to focus on purchasing academic materials, and the addition of quality fiction in our collection helps us in our mission to promote literacy and the value of reading.”
Becky Eubanks, a Coastal employee, has discovered the additions to the fiction collection in the LRC. She explained, “Going to our library is much more convenient than going to the public library, and it has been fun to cruise the fiction shelves and pick up a book that is on my wish list. As an avid reader, I can just pop in and get a new book every week.”
“I will continue to give books to Coastal because it makes me happy to know that my books are going to a good home, and they will be read by many different people and enjoyed as much as I have enjoyed them.,” explained Ms. Pina.