Updated Sept. 3, 2011
Last weekend, Hurricane Irene ripped out the hearts of so many communities in the NorthEast and elsewhere. I have friends who have lost their belongings, friends who are without power and water,Â and family who have been isolated by floods ripping out their roads.Â While we just had some downed branches, a bit of damp in the basement. Â For some unknown reason, our power stayed on. I feel so fortunate.
Though I can’t do much in the way of digging mud out of homes, I thought I could at least help by finding out which libraries in my area are in need of help. Why libraries? Libraries should be a haven in any storm, whether economic or weather related, and are so often the heart of their communities. Let’s help them be that again.
Three libraries (that I know of) in my region were hit very hard by the storm. After days without power and phone service, some reports have trickled in to the Mohawk Valley Library SystemÂ & Mid-Hudson Library System. Word is that they’ve all been flooded and lost portions of their collections.
- Schoharie Free Library
103 Knower Avenue, P.O. Box 519, Schoharie, NY 12157-0519
- Middleburgh Library
323 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY 12122
- Windham Public Library
Main St & Church St, P.O. Box 158, Windham, NY 12496-0158
There are relief efforts in all of these areas. But if you’d like to help out the libraries directly, I imagine a check sent to the library wouldn’t go amiss when it comes time to restore the buildings and rebuild collections.
Other Regional Relief Efforts
And Yet More Libraries in Need – updated Sept 3, 2011
Unfortunately, these aren’t the only libraries that have been damaged.
- Vermont Dept of Libraries – Donations to Vermont Libraries
- Kate Messner has written an eloquent post about damage and losses at the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, NY and also the West Hartford Public Library in Vermont.