Chinese American Librarians Association Coordinating Donations

The Chinese American Librarians Association has set up a website for donations to support earthquake recovery efforts in China.

You can also read from American Libraries a report on the status of select libraries in China after the  earthquake.

The Library Project Organizes Donation Program for China

Of course, as soon as I say nothing is happening yet with rebuilding schools … I come across this:

The Library Project has created a program, “Earthquake Affected Regions“, to help rebuild the educational system that was affected as a result of the earthquake. It is projected that hundreds of elementary schools have been damaged in the Sichuan and Shaanxi Provinces. The Library Project will be providing books and libraries for elementary schools and orphanages as they are rebuilt or repaired.

Holding back from writing more

Like the rest of the world, I’ve been watching with horror the stories emerging from Myanmar and China.  Because I have no way of finding any information about schools or libraries in those countries, beyond what everyone else can read in the news, I’ve held back from writing anything about the disasters.  My eyes will be open to news once the immediate effects of the disaster have moved to the more long-term rebuilding efforts.  I hope readers will feel free to share news as they hear it as well.

Seniors vulnerable during disaster

Seniors are often the most victimized by a disaster.  During Hurricane Katrina, many were caught because they physically could not leave the city.  This article talks about a service that helps seniors during disasters.  One of their pieces of advice involves making personal disaster plans that involve places they may go every day, like the library.

Native traditions offer valuable disaster prep advice

I heard this story on NPR a few days ago and it made me think of how libraries could have several big wins with this.  One, making connections with native american stories and storytellers could be a great way for non-native americans to enrich their understanding of their community and to start building relationships between native and non-native communities.  Two, as Crawford in this story points out, backing up advice with a story brings a point home that much more clearly.  Imagine a storytime where you teach kids disaster preparedness by telling them a story where the characters react to the disaster.