Hurricane Katrina devastated our New Orleans Public Library system. The wind and flooding that engulfed the city completely ruined eight of our twelve branches. Eighty-five percent of our employees were discharged and evacuated the city, which was under martial law for several weeks. However, during the weeks and months following this adversity, we were not alone. Thousands of volunteers came from throughout America, at their own expense, to help restore the flood-ravaged homes and libraries. Over six hundred librarians from Alabama were in that number, and others from as far as Alaska.
For these deeds of kindness, we remain grateful and will never forget their generosity. To us, and our city, these volunteers represent what an unselfish life and service to others means to a civil and free society. These are the positive character traits that typify our American values. They must be passed to the next generation. As such, we continue to be motivated by their character, and co-founded the Internet Story Club of America to help further those character traits that help us realize our better selves, one story at a time.
Internet Story Club of America™
S. Noël Rideau
President, CEO, The Aspen Institute
Dr. Thomas Lickona
Director, The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
Paul G. Pastorek
Former Louisiana Superintendent of Education
Lee C. Reid
New Orleans Public Library