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September 21, 2001

Below is information cut-and-pasted from other librarians, who have been assembling resources to assist patrons in trying to make sense of the senseless.

Only ten days have passed; it seems like a month. In such a short time, print information is necessarily limited to newspapers and a few weeklies. Much information is on the Internet, with the usual range in reliability from high to low.

Remember that the library has free Internet workstations, if you do not have access from home or work.
There have been some scams related to “relief” agencies that in fact do not exist. This one, from the Red Cross, is real: The “https” command is correct.

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. Contributions may be sent 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:
The American Library Association offers a list of Internet resources on the 9/11 tragedy to help children and students:

In addition, the Association for Library Services to Children has posted a list, compiled by teachers and librarians, of books and web sites to help children deal with the events of September 11, 2001. That list may be found at
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),, offers 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” This has an extensive bibliography for practitioners.
The National Association of School Psychologists has prepared “Children and Responding to National Disaster: Information for Teachers”:
Connect for Kids has gathered a few resources for adults to help children with their fears and grief:
Parenting Press has compiled resources for media and parents at
Helping Children Cope with Stress and Fear, This page 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 – – info about the building and tenants. – offers
good Colorado donation, volunteer, and information links.

Mister Rogers et al have posted some thoughts and a longer article about helping young children deal with violence and yesterday’s events – . They are also posted in the “Parents” area of the Mister Rogers PBS web site –

In a mere ten days, there has been much effort made to offer help — some good, some misguided, some deceptive. I am often suspicious of weepy appeals to do this or that “for the children.” The sentiment is often cheap; the proposals inadequate.

However, “the children” are in large part what we’re about. We might reflect on the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “If we are to achieve real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.”

It is true but oh so complicated. Let us start with other advice from Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”


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