New Bookstore, Library at Salvation Army to Benefit Children’s Literacy

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: May 6, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – A belief that all children should have access to libraries and bookstores inspired two Texas Tech University professors to imagine and build a space for young children to enjoy the magic of reading and purchase new and used books inexpensively.

Rosa Hernᮤez Sheets, an associate professor in the College of Education, and Upe Flueckiger, an associate professor in the College of Architecture, worked together this spring to make this conviction a reality for Lubbock’s Salvation Army.

“The WORM HOLE: Where The Bookworms Go” is a mini-bookstore and library designed and built by Flueckiger’s graduate students and stocked by Sheets’ Kappa Delta Pi honorary society members.

Located inside the Salvation Army (1420 Ave. J), the facility is a safe haven where young children can read quality, multicultural books and can purchase books for 25 cents.

“This is a non-institutional place where children, regardless of the economic status of their parents, can experience a safe, comfortable place to build memories of favorite books,” Sheets said. “It’s important for the Lubbock community to share the mutual goal of providing access to books to as many children as possible throughout their lives.”

Donations of cash and books are being accepted throughout the year for the project. For more information on donating, contact Sheets.


CONTACT: Rosa Hernᮤez Sheets, associate professor of education, Texas Tech University, 806-742-1997 ext. 242, or