On my way home from St. Louis, I had the chance to read this month’s O magazine, and one short blurb has stuck in my mind. It was about The Camel Book Drive, a project that brings library books to Kenyans and Somalians via camels. As someone who loves books and can’t imagine life without easy access to Amazon.com, Border, and Barnes & Noble, it’s hard to fathom being dependent on a selection of books transported by camel to feed my reading addiction.
As part of my Christmas shopping, I always purchase books for my children, cousins, and family friends. It’s an honor to pass on books I loved as a child or wonderful new selections to the next generation. This year, I’ll also be making some purchases from The Camel-Borne Library’s wishlist. For those of you who might want to make a donation that affects us a bit closer to home, here’s a link to the effort to rebuild the New Orleans library collection. I’d say both these projects are great examples of gifts that keep on giving.