A number of libraries in upstate NY were heavily damaged by the floods that resulted when Hurricane Irene tore through the area last week. Below I’ve listed the libraries that were most affected by flooding in Essex County, NY, along with appropriate links regarding what can be done. Monetary donations are most needed and all the libraries are non-profit organizations and donations are tax deductible.
I am sure many people will want to donate books, however, at this point the librarians are assessing what’s been lost and figuring out how to store what can be saved. I am sure book donations will be welcomed once the libraries re-open.
Here’s a list if you would like to donate:
The Schoharie Free Library is a non-profit organization and direct donations can be made to the Schoharie Free Library, c/o Treasurer Margaret Carballeira, 103 Knower Ave., Schoharie, NY 12157-0519. The library has posted photos of the damage on Flickr. Irene
The Middleburgh Library was heavily damaged. Their library association is set up for direct monetary donations from individuals and you can get information on the accompanying link.
Finally, the Wells Memorial Library is also in need. They have information on their main page about donations. Based on initial assessment, all picture books have been destroyed as well as a good portion of the children’s collection.
Thanks for helping, everyone. Public libraries are vital for strong communities.