Recovery Assistance From Afar

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Last July while I was in Puerto Rico helping our student attorneys from the Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic, I had an inspiring meeting with Katherine Trujillo from Libraries Without Borders. Kat’s organization works around the world to expand access to information in underserved and vulnerable communities, including some of the historically impoverished areas of Puerto Rico that were hit hardest by Hurricane Maria. Libraries Without Borders’s mission and my colleagues’ love of reading seemed like a perfect match and upon my return to campus, I organized a children’s book drive through the University at Buffalo Libraries. Thanks to the generosity of UB’s librarians and staff, over forty English and Spanish language books were donated, including favorites like Where the Wild Things Are (Donde Viven los Monstros), Charlotte’s Web (La Teleraña de Carlota), and Curious George (Jorge el Curioso). Kat distributed the books in Loiza and La Perla in August and they were a huge hit with the children there, marking a great final chapter in what has been the most rewarding and eye-opening experience of my career as a librarian.