Rosenberg Library needs your help

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 services.

You can visit Rosenberg Library on their website, 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 forward to anyone you might think would be interested and feel free to post on blogs, etc. It’s going to take a lot of work and money to get this town, and its library, up and running again.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to Rosenberg Library needs your help

  1. Jena says:

    Thanks for this! I posted about it, too, though less succinctly…

  2. Cheryl says:

    That’s great, Jena!

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