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Special collection of books at UA opens up to public

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The College of Education at the University of Arizona has undergone an extreme makeover.  About 30,000 books for children and teens, part of a special collection is now open to the public starting today. Before these books were hiding in the basement of the college.

$1.3 million dollars later and the 4th floor inside the College of Education is filled with books from across the world.  The Worlds of Words International Collection of Children's and Adolescent Literature,  is the largest collection of its kind in the nation.

The college funded the renovation through foundations and private donors.   Brick walls were torn down and replaced with large windows that overlook the campus. Also, a studio was added to offer kids the opportunity to watch an illustrator at work.

In celebration of the extreme makover, a grand opening is being held today.  The goal is to inform the community about this special literary gem.

Kathy Short, Director of Worlds of Words says, "We span the range, from scholars who will come here to study from around the world, to very joyful events with children and teens. So serving that wide range of population and inviting in the community, as well as the university, as well as the scholars, is something we are committed to doing ."

"It's kind of a hub for literacy in our community, particularly children's literacy which is so vital to our success. Our children will not be successful in school if they aren't great readers and they love to read instead of reading, because it's a task to do, " says Ron Marx, Dean UA College of Education.

More than 300 people have already registered for the event, but people can still attend.  It is free and is happening from 6:30-8p.m.  The event is happening at the UA Education building. 

The collection will also have regular hours for the public to visit during the week and it will be open during the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend.

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