Last September, after Tropical Storm Irene tore through the Adirondacks, the children’s section of Wells Memorial Library looked like this.
The storm sent flood waters surging into the library’s basement and first floor children’s room, and they lost their entire children’s collection. I took photos and blogged about it here, and I tweeted and Facebooked, along with a lot of other folks, to see if people wanted to help. They did.
Donations poured in — books and money from all over the United States and beyond. The Bookstore Plus, a nearby indie, hosted this fundraiser that raised even more funds for the devastated library. And today, the Wells Memorial Library children’s section looks like this.
My daughter and I stopped by to visit on our way hiking last week, and we were just amazed by the transformation — the result of many, many hours of hard work from volunteers, board members, and library director, Karen Rappaport. Here’s Karen with all the new books…
She says a HUGE thank you to all of you who donated books and money and helped to spread the word of a library that needed a hand. Thanks to you, this library is back on its feet and sharing even more books with readers.