50,000 Book Donation

The week before Thankgiving, Dr. Shipp and Mr. Riffel drove down two moving vans full of books.

The week before Thankgiving, Dr. Shipp and Mr. Riffel drove down two moving vans full of books.

Seven Oaks Classical School's library has received a major boost. Through the determined effort of Seven Oaks parent, Dana Geldhof, we opened a small school library this fall. Mrs. Geldhof has now orchestrated a windfall for our little library.

Mrs. Geldhof secured a $1500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and then a $10,000 Smithville Communications Library Grant. Meanwhile, St. Joseph's College in northern Indiana had closed. The college's library was acquired by Mr. Rob Knight of the Book Bin out of Indianapolis, who has now donated half of the books to Seven Oaks. That includes an estimated 50,000 volumes, mostly in the humanities. 

The collection is a treasure trove. It contains reference works, classic literature and poetry, biographies, collections of historical documents, children's books, and more. In addition to books, we acquired 48 boxes of musical scores from the college's collection of sheet music.  

Cicero once likened a home without books to a body without a soul. This is even more true of a school. At a time when books are on the decline, Seven Oaks Classical School is proud to celebrate good books, and the good habits that are cultivated through the reading of books. 

Seven Oaks teachers couldn't wait to begin looking through the boxes. 

Seven Oaks teachers couldn't wait to begin looking through the boxes. 

Unloading the 22' and 26' foot trucks was no small task. Many thanks to the volunteers who hung in there till the job was done. 

Unloading the 22' and 26' foot trucks was no small task. Many thanks to the volunteers who hung in there till the job was done. 

Miss Holland is thrilled at the 48 boxes of sheet music that came with the books. The very first piece that we found was the full score for Mozart's Requiem.  

Miss Holland is thrilled at the 48 boxes of sheet music that came with the books. The very first piece that we found was the full score for Mozart's Requiem.