Hurricane Katrina: Books Show Triumph over Tragedy

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Hurricane Katrina: Books Show Triumph over Tragedy

Kids face all kinds of challenges in their lives, and stories have the power to provide them comfort, support, and examples of resilience.

During Hurricane Katrina people in boats rescued families stranded on rooftops; a little black girl and an old white woman in a wheelchair held hands near the Superdome; and with very little clean water, people shared what they had.

Even though Hurricane Katrina was heavy with tragedy, we can admire the selflessness of some during the storm. You can find out more about the Hurricane Katrina materials, geared toward youth, at the Kansas City Public Library by clicking here.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers in this world.'"
–Fred Rogers as quoted in Good Housekeeping in “12 Beautiful Life Lessons that Mr. Rogers Taught Us” by Diana Bruk, Dec. 5, 2014

According to National Public Radio, when President Obama addressed New Orleans residents on August, 27, 2015, he said, “ You are an example of what's possible when, in the face of tragedy and hardship, good people come together to lend a hand.” Neuman, Scott. “Obama: Katrina A 'Man-Made' Disaster Caused By Government Failure.

We can all be stronger when we read history and choose to look for the positive.

About the Author

Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for eleven years. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.