Post-Katrina Countdown: Books for the Gulf

St. Bernard Parish, Chalmette, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina.

We’re off to a great start toward our goal of stocking Andrew Jackson Middle School with books for its reopening August 11, 2010. For more about this campaign to help a New Orleans school ravaged by Katrina, in a community plagued now by the BP oil spill, go here:

The purchases and commitments are rolling in:


106 books from Picador

20 books from Vernon House/Rachel Cantor

57 books purchased from the school’s wish list at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans

103 books from an anonymous donor

22 books from Melissa Walker

32 books from the Institute for Children and Poverty

89 books from Sam, Suzanne, and Isabel Mitchell

21 books from Harry and Marjorie Keyishian

91 books from Barri Evins and From The Heart (invited by Susanna Einstein)

300 books through a book drive hosted by Susanna Einstein

134 new books purchased at the ReadThis Brooklyn Flea book drive with Greenlight Bookstore

135 gently used books donated at the Brooklyn Flea book drive

20 books from Scott de Simon at ESPN

15 books from the Greenlight Bookstore wishlist for AJMS from Jeffrey Rotter

87 books from an upcoming book drive hosted by Jaime Pessin

100 books from Weinstein Company

171 books from Katha Pollitt

12 books from Vicki An

7 books from Tony Apicelli

That’s 1522 down. We hit our goal. If you still want to do more, here’s how:

Buy books off the wish list. Click on this link [] to see the Andrew Jackson Middle School wish list as created by the school’s librarian. ReadThis has asked the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, a local independent, to put up the purchasing links. ReadThis will cover the shipping to the school.

Come to the ReadThis Book Drive at the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday, July 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. []. Greenlight Bookstore will have a table where you can buy new books for the middle school, or simply drop off your gently used middle school-level books. ReadThis will handle the shipping.

Host Your Own Drive. Can you commit to raising 100 books for St. Bernard Parish, or 500 or 1000? Email us at if you would like to host a drive to contribute to the ReadThis/Andrew Jackson Middle School book effort. We will be keeping a countdown of donations on our website until we make our goal of 1400.

Send Books. If you would like to donate gently-used, middle-school level books, email us at for more information on how to ship boxes down to the school from your local post office.

Offer Your Volunteer Services. This book-drive project will require occasional help packing and delivering books. If you are willing to offer a few hours of your time, email us at and let us know how you would like to help. We will notify you when a need arises.

Thank you!


  1. What a tremendous effort. I hope this desire for book donations is being shared with the American Library Association, the Public Libraries Association and various State Library organizations. As a former Library Supervisor far too often I’ve have found that there aren’t enough homes for weeded book collections. This kind of effort is important and needs widespread publicity.

    Paul Harris
    Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”

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  3. Jean Douthwright

    Book closeouts is selling books for kids this age for 99 cents… go to

    These are new books!

    Happy book shopping

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