What is your favorite book from childhood? This week, you will also get to make a difference in the literary lives of those effected by Hurricane Katrina, by donating books that will be shipped down to New Orleans and donated to the St. Bernard Parish School District. From November 28 to December 2, there will be a kid’s book drive on Vendor’s Row, right in front of the VU. You can donate books appropriate for kids from preschool through Grade 8.

On the final day of the book drive, the elementary English education program, led by Dr. Nancy Johnson, will be sponsoring its fifth annual book sale in Wilson Library 165. The book sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 20 percent of all sales will be applied to the book drive. If you have not donated a book by this time, swing by the library and pick one up at a discounted price!

This idea for the book drive grew out of an English class taught by Dr. Nicole Brown. “People in the class volunteered to be in the project, and now we’re going gung ho on it!” said Gabe Prestella, one of the Western students helping to publicize and organize the drive.

So search the memory files for your favorite childhood stories, and employ your generosity and compassion to the kids hit hardest by the hurricane by donating a book or two.