American Library Association Acknowledges Hurricane Sandy Effort

Congratulations to our K. S. Brooks and the over 100 other authors involved in Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Library Recovery – they received acknowledgement by the American Library Association in the March 27, 2013 edition of their weekly newsletter, American Libraries Direct.

To date, the group has shipped over 800 books to libraries in need, and the number grows daily. “The generosity of indie authors is heart-warming,” group founder K. S. “Kat” Brooks told us. “Inclusion in the ALA’s newsletter is just fantastic. We’re looking to help as many libraries as possible and hopefully this will get the word out to them.”

Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy is currently looking for more children’s book authors to fill the needs of three elementary schools looking for books for grades K-6, rated G. All books are vetted to make sure they meet the libraries’ specifications.

Libraries are encouraged to contact the group through its website. Authors interested in being considered for book donation are asked to join the Facebook group.

Hurricane Sandy Library Update

Congratulations are in order for the over 100 authors from around the world involved in Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Library Recovery. As of this week, they’ve shipped out over 500 books to libraries in need in the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Our own K. S. “Kat” Brooks founded this group back in November 2012 to help libraries which had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Even now, well into March, some schools and libraries have still not reopened. “People don’t realize how bad the situation is,” Kat said. “I received an email from an elementary school principal this week which broke my heart.” Kat shared an excerpt from this email with us:

Yes, our school was devastated by the Hurricane. Our entire first floor took in over three feet of salt water and raw sewage. We have been displaced…  Our kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms, the literacy hub of our building, have been totally destroyed; everything thrown out. Our reading center which housed all of our guided reading books was also destroyed. All of our books are gone.

If you’re an author interested in donating children’s books or if you know of a library in need, you can contact the group through their web page. Please keep in mind, not all books or genres are accepted, and great pride is taken in matching up books with libraries.

Indie Authors Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Indie author Catherine Mahoney would like to make everyone aware of two Facebook items organized by indie authors to help Hurricane Sandy survivors.

The “Authors Auction for Hurricane Sandy Victims” started on November 6th, asking for donations from indie authors and others for items to be auctioned off on November 16th to individuals who pay a pledge to the American Red Cross. The donor will need to present a Red Cross receipt for verification before the merchandise can be shipped to the purchaser. This event is organized by Dawn White and Brandy Schaefer Dull.

A new group was formed for indie authors who want to donate copies of their print books to the libraries wiped out by Hurricane Sandy. While most of these libraries are not prepared to receive donations at this time, once their doors are ready to open again, “Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Libraries” will serve as a focal point for sharing information about which libraries need what kinds of books. This group was organized by author K. S. Brooks.

These individuals, as well as many others, are dedicating their time and hearts to assist strangers and help them back on their feet. It’s wonderful that a community can come together to help people they’ve never met. Thank you to everyone who is contributing.

Indies Unlimited does not endorse or recommend any specific charity or cause. We recommend due diligence on the part of anyone who chooses to participate in any fundraising event through donation of time, money, services, or material goods. Any such causes or activities featured here on the site are for the purposes of illustrating the involvement of specific members of the indie community and are presented for informational purposes only.

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