This blog represents most of the newspaper columns (appearing in various Colorado Community Newspapers and Yourhub.com) written by me, James LaRue, during the time in which I was the director of the Douglas County Libraries in Douglas County, Colorado. (Some columns are missing, due to my own filing errors.) This blog covers the time period from April 11, 1990 to January 12, 2012.

Unless I say so, the views expressed here are mine and mine alone. They may be quoted elsewhere, so long as you give attribution. The dates are (at least according my records) the dates of publication in one of the above print newspapers.

The blog archive (web view) is in chronological order. The display of entries, below, seems to be in reverse order, new to old.

All of the mistakes are of course my own responsibility.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

September 19, 2001-Disaster Relief Resources

Librarians have been assembling some resources to assist our patrons in trying to make sense of the senseless.

First, I understand that there have been some scams related to "relief" agencies that in fact do not exist. This one, from the Red Cross, is real:

The United Way of New York and the New York Community Trust have established a fund to help the victims of the attacks and their families. The September Eleventh Fund will provide immediate support to established emergency assistance agencies. Anyone wishing to contribute may send their donations in care of

United Way
2 Park Ave.
New York, New York 10016
or call (212) 251-4035.

Donations are also being accepted on United Way of New York City's website: uwnyc.org/.

Second, the American Library Association offers this series of Internet resources on the September 11, 2001 tragedy to help children and students. Remember that the library does have free Internet workstations, if you do not have access from home or work. You can find the complete list at cs.ala.org/faq/faq.cfm.

From the Federal government:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
with a link to a bibliography of books for kids on a variety of mostly natural disasters at

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
"Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters". www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/violence.cfm#viol8
This has an extensive bibliography for practitioners.

From private organizations:

The National Association of School Psychologists has prepared "Children and Responding to National Disaster: Information for Teachers" www.nasponline.org/NEAT/terror_eds.html.

Connect for Kids has gathered a few resources for adults to help children with their fears and grief: www.connectforkids.org

Parenting Press has compiled resources for media and parents:

Third, here are some other useful links:

A great round-up of general "help" sites, whether to report possible conspirators, or to post that you were near the WTC, but are OK.

Helping Children Cope with Stress and Fear
This page from PrepareRespondRecover.com site contains material on
children's needs and recognizing stress in children adapted by Dr. Karen DeBord, Child Development Specialist with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The material came from the Stress and Coping with Disaster manual from University Extension in Columbia, Missouri developed during the Flood of 1993.

The World Trade Center -- www.costargroup.com/wtc -- info about the building and tenants.

Good Colorado donation, volunteer and information links.

ALA has also prepared a list of books for kids and their caregivers on the topic of terrorism:

Nonfiction titles:

Political Violence and Terrorism Ed. by Mary Hull.
A worldwide perspective on the problem of terrorism

Terrorism by Anne G. Gaines
The focus is on the Middle East with some insight on how the U.S. is affected.

Silent Death by Kathlyn Gay
This focuses on chemical and biological weapons and warfare and terrorism.

Why Do They Hate Me? by Laurel Holliday
Accounts of children caught in conflict in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine.

Caught in the Crossfire by Maria Ousseimi
Words and pictures of children around the globe whose lives have been altered by civil war, terrorism and violence.

Fiction titles:

The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
England in WWII is the setting for this novel, in which a group of youngsters find a machine gun and decide to use it to defend their city.

Flight of the Raven by Stephanie Tolan
A serious message about two young people who come together in the face of terrorist violence in the U.S.

After the First Death by Robert Cormier
Hijackers take a busload of children; the action unravels through the perspectives of the
terrorists, the children, and others involved.

Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi.
In the midst of violence in the Middle East, a young Arab boy from the West Bank becomes friends with a Jewish boy.

Finally, here is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, "If we are to achieve real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children."

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