Urgent need for books in a new library in one of America’s poorest cities

I received the following email as part of a human relations and public policy organization in which I am an officer. If you have the time and ability to help, please contribute some books so that the young people in this very desperate city of Camden can have some opportunities to read and explore the world of books.


Hello and hope all is well with you.

I do not normally send out a general blanket email like this but this came from a staffer of the City of Camden Mayor’s office and since it is for a good cause I decided to forward to everyone on my email address book that has (had) some sort of direct or indirect relationship to Camden. Please see below.

Hope you can help and thank you,

Victor D. Figueroa, PHM/SHM
Deputy Executive Director
Housing Authority of the City of Camden
(856) 968-2788 Voicemail
(856) 968-2752 Fax

From: Cass Schaffer
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:33 PM

Help!!!. I do not know if you are all aware of the fact that the City of Camden has opened a new library in the Centerville section of Camden, but there is a problem, it is a library with hardly any books. I recently became aware of this, and being an avid reader and a lover of books, I checked it out with Ms. Teresa Gorman head of the library. Now here’s the story. We need books, so I am asking you to send me the books that you have at home, be it one or more than one that you have read and no longer need. Send them to me in the Mayor’s office, if you can’t send them call me and I will pick up.

The books we need are fiction, children’s books, school age books and any book by a black author or a Hispanic author as there is one section of the library for such books. Don’t let me down or most importantly the people in Centerville. Thank you.

Cass Schaffer

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