When a family loses everything it owns in a fire, there is little that can bring it solace.
For children, however, books offer some comfort. They have the power to transport kids to another world, providing a happy escape or a lens through which to view their own experiences.
With this sentiment in mind, Diesel, the independent bookstore in Larkspur, has been collecting books to send to children living in evacuation centers after the Wine Country fires.
â€œIt is a joy to bring relief to those in such pain and to bring something positive to bear on such loss,â€ said John Evans, who owns the store with Alison Reid. â€œFamilies have been bringing in books from their homes, with children excited to give their books to other children who need them. Some customers have been buying books at the store and immediately putting them in our collection barrels.â€
In all, the store has collected roughly 2,000 books, Evans said. He expects about 2,700 to be delivered by early next week.
Besides customers, numerous organizations have contributed books, including Oaklandâ€™s East Bay Booksellers (which until recently was a Diesel store), Publisherâ€™s Group West, Childrenâ€™s Book Council, and The Book Den bookstore in Santa Barbara.
The book drive came about after Gibson Thomas, of Edible Marin & Wine Country magazine, reached out to developer James Rosenfield, who runs the Marin Country Mart, where Diesel is located.
Anyone who would like to donate childrenâ€™s books can bring them to the front desk at Diesel. The storeâ€™s address is 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.
More information: www.dieselbookstore.com/larkspur-info