The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Annual Book Drive Competition


California State University, Chico Wins Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society—today announced the California State University, Chico chapter as a winner of its annual book drive competition. Chico State was selected as a winning chapter for being one of four chapters to collect the most books during the competition.

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As part of their book drive, the Chico State chapter collected 800 books to be donated to the Butte County Office of Education’s School Ties program.

“We are extremely proud of our student vice presidents for organizing this event,” said Chapter President Dr. Mahalley D. Allen. “We are also very thankful to our entire California State University, Chico community for supporting our book drive and donating books to benefit local children who are experiencing or have been affected by homelessness, incarceration, foster care, or poverty.”

As a winning chapter, Chico State will receive a Little Free Library to place at a location of their choice. The Little Free Library is a freestanding box where anyone can donate and borrow books in an effort to promote literacy throughout communities.  The book drive competition, held between February 1 and April 30, saw participation from 22 Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the nation with a total of more than 7,000 donated books and $1,200 in monetary donations. Established in 2014, Phi Kappa Phi created the event as a way to promote literacy in the communities and campuses served by its chapters.

"As student vice president of Phi Kappa Phi, it was amazing to witness our community come together to support a common cause,” said Jessica Candela, student vice president for the Chico State chapter. “As a result of our spring book drive, 800 books will be donated to local K-12 students in need. Thank you to our campus for supporting this endeavor."

Phi Kappa Phi’s annual book drive competition has donated more than 35,000 books to organizations both locally and abroad since its creation. Organizations that have received donated books as part of the competition include schools, libraries, hospitals, correctional centers, tutoring and mentoring programs, shelters and more.
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 Book Drive Photos

Where: Labeled donation bins in Butte Hall, Room 741 (Political Science department), and Student Services Center, Room 110 (Office of the Registrar)
What: New or gently used books for students aged 5–18

Books will be donated to School Ties, a program of Butte County Office of Education. The books will be given to children who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness, incarceration, foster care, or poverty.  

Thank you for supporting this program! Questions can be directed to Jess Candela, student vice president (

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Jessica with her books