The University of Chicago’s Uncommon Fund has generously granted $10,000 to create a young adult fiction section for the Library. This grant will be used to purchase beloved books that shaped students’ experiences before they came to the University. These books are not normally acquired; new titles will enhance and complement the Library’s collections of fiction, including popular fiction supported by the Class of 2000 Book Fund.
Maya Handa, the College student whose application was successful in the competitive selection process, is organizing the book selection process. She is soliciting recommendations for books, which she defines as “anything written for or marketed to young adults between the ages of 11 and 18.” She has created a GoogleDocs form and invites students to “Fill out this form as many times as you would like to request your favorite books written by John Green, Sharon Creech, Tamora Pierce, Cassandra Clare, Diana Wynne Jones, Eoin Colfer, Garth Nix, Lemony Snicket, Rick Riordan, and more!” Students may also email her at email@example.com with any questions.
The Uncommon Fund is allocated by Student Government to support creative and interesting student projects or initiatives on campus. Its goal is to encourage students to take action on campus in creative and unique ways. Past projects supported by the Uncommon Fund involving the Library include a scholarly symposium on medieval art and a student-focused opening event for the exhibition On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life in 2012, installation of a hot water dispenser in Regenstein in January 2014, and free distribution of print copies of the Chicago Tribune in Regenstein in autumn 2014.