Stephanie Borgman, the Katrina Children's Specialist, sent a call out for books (via the child_lit listserve) for Katrina survivors. Here is what she wrote,
"We can use new and gently used paperback books. There seems to be two issues with hardbacks. Some seem to be intimidated by them, almost as if there is a presumption that if it has a hardcover it will be “too hard” for them. Another issue is weight. Whatever is given has to be something that can be carried around by the child (or adult) without becoming an issue of weight or bulk. I am sure that hardbacks will be greatly desired as libraries in the disaster area begin to rebuild their collections in the next several months."
Please send paperback donations to Stephanie with the following address:
Stephanie Borgman – Katrina
HCPL Administrative Offices
8080 El Rio Street
Houston, TX 77054-4195