There were no children's books anywhere.
Visiting schools and libraries while she and her husband Dick sailed through the Caribbean islands four years ago, Kathy Oberle couldn't believe the predicament facing teachers and librarians there: no books, no money to buy them and students who could barely read.
"What few books they had the librarians and teachers were hanging on to for dear life," Kathy said.
But, with the help of family members, a Miami shipping company and a community of boaters, the Punta Gorda couple began to turn around that book shortage three years ago when they started Boaters for Books, a nonprofit group that sends books to Caribbean schools and libraries.
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