When LCpl. Chris Kutlesa, 21, a Marine Combat Correspondent currently stationed in Japan, was younger, he introduced his mom, Karen Kutlesa, to the used book sale at Malaga Cove Library. "He was and is a book sleuth and he started me coming," she said, "and I still come as often as I can." Chris was raised in Palos Verdes and graduated from Palos Verdes High School.
So, when Karen and her family dropped by yesterday to browse and buy books, she and Gene Roeder, who directs all the book sales for the Peninsula Friends of the Library, is Vice President for Operations for PFL, and the Books for Troops program, began to chat.
Since 2004 the Peninsula Friends of the Library has been sending books, videos, magazines and CDs to troops all over the world. Gene told Karen that the PFL has shipped more than 68,182 items in 508 boxes weighing more than 336 tons to military hospitals, USO facilities, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force units in 43 countries since joining the Books for Troops program.
He asked for her son's unit's address and said he would especially pack a box just for his unit. Small world, isn't it?
And you can help with a minimum donation of $15 which will send 40 books to our troops. Donations can be made to Peninsula Friends of the Library, Books for Troops and sent to Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.
Donations of the various media can be dropped off at any of the three library locations and should be marked Books for Troops to distinguish them from our other donations. The most requested genres are: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mysteries, Westerns and Adventure.
Books are also donated to the LAX USO.
As I prepare to push this send button, I'm sending Karen Kutlesa the link for this blog post so Chris can see his mom passing on his book sleuth tradition. And I also cross posted this story to the Peninsula Friends of the Library blog.
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