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Your Freethought Library Update: Our Progress on a Snazzy Timeline!

December 27, 2011

It’s winter break and you know what that means – there’s finally time for a Freethought Library update! 2011 has been a fantastic year for ISSA (a review of that year to come) but the library is perhaps our most tangible accomplishment.


The idea was just one of many that came out of the Center for Inquiry’s Student Leadership Conference back in June. At said conference, we learned that several other campus secular groups had created similar resources, but most (if not all) of these consisted of book trades between members. The concept appealed to me from the very beginning, but I found the possibility of having to begin anew every year daunting. Instead, I wanted the library to be a permanent fixture.

...Success! In just a few months my vision for the project came to fruition. With the help of our friends, loyal membership, the fine people of r/atheism and, in particular, the Center for Inquiry, we went from a handful of books to a legitimate collection – complete with an identifying stamp – in a matter of months! Here’s a little visual of our progress.

Pretty cool, huh? But we’re not done yet! We’ll continue to add to the library until we can’t accommodate anything more. Just yesterday a gently-used hardcover copy of Sagan’s Broca’s Brain called to me from across a crowded Goodwill – a true Christmas miracle!

This year has been a rewarding one in many regards, but perhaps none more so than watching our membership excitedly browse this collection. In the true spirit of the season, we hope you’ll consider giving to the Freethought Library fund or, better yet, the Secular Student Alliance or Center for Inquiry On Campus. Their unwavering support makes projects like this one possible!

Whatever you celebrate (fingers crossed for Newton’s birthday), happy holidays!


This post originally appeared on the Illinissa website
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About the Author: Rebecca Tippens

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Rebecca Tippens is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her studies include Physics, Astronomy and the French Language. She is the current Vice President (and self-appointed librarian) of the Illini Secular Student Alliance.




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