October 28, 2008

The Galveston, TX Library - aftermath of Ike

One of the places in Galveston that was badly flooded by Hurricane
Ike was Rosenberg Library. It's near downtown, where 10 to 12 feet of
sea water came in from Galveston Bay, and all that water completely
wiped out everything on the library's first floor. Which is where the
children's library was. They lost the entire children's collection.
Not just books, but shelving and chairs and DVDs and CDs and finger
puppets and everything.

The wave action picked up everything that wasn't fastened down--and
some things that were--and tossed them around, soaking everything in
salt water and mud. They do not even have shelves to put books on, so
they can't really accept donations of actual books. But if y'all have
a few dollars to spare--even just $5--that would go a long way to
getting Rosenberg Library to the point where they CAN get books (and
other materials) back in the hands of the kids.

Right now, the children's librarians are doing mobile storytimes.
It's a "You provide the place and kids, we'll bring the stories and
fun," kind of thing where people can call and request a librarian
with a story. Even with their facility in this kind of mess (and they
are beginning to get the mess cleaned out), they're providing

You can visit Rosenberg Library at http://www.rosenberg-library.org,
where there is a donation button, or you can send a
donation to Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave., Galveston, TX 77550.
(Any donation is tax-deductible.) Anything is appreciated.

Please do pass this request on to other chapters and organizations.
It's going to take a lot of work and money to get this town, and its
library, up and running again.

~Anna Kathryn

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