I stumbled across a blog post on August 31 by a fellow SCBWI author who is heartbroken by the destruction of a small town library. Hurricane Irene destroyed the entire children’s collection at Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, New York.
When award-winning children’s author Kate Messner saw the destruction first-hand, she posted pictures and wrote a moving story pleading for help. Kate’s article inspired me to donate autographed copies of my picture books to help rebuild the library’s collection.
Posted August 31st, Kate’s story was quickly picked up by NPR’s All Things Considered and School Library Journal. Word has also spread quickly through Facebook and Twitter, and if you visit Kate’s original post, you’ll see she’s already updated her article with a quick “How to Help” guide and more information about additional libraries destroyed by flooding.
Her Live Journal also has information about how to donate to the Silent Auction being held for Wells Memorial Library.
Wells Memorial Library Website
New York Libraries Needing Help
LibraryJournal.com article covering destruction in NY, NJ, & VT.
North Carolina Libraries Mostly Undamaged